The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 56th Session

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Released 29 February 2012

The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from Monday 27 February to Friday 9 March 2012.

The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges are the priority themes this year.

At the same time as the UN event, an NGO CSW Event is also held. The NGO CSW Forum is an open process, a democratic space where boys and girls, men and women can advocate for gender equality, development and peace.

These events are convened by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO/CSW/NY) in co-operation with our sister organisations in Geneva and Vienna. We are a volunteer based organisation, funded largely by donations and contributions by members and participants.

The Salvation Army takes an active part in this event each year. One of our representatives, Ms. Hannah Pho, took part last year as a presenter and speaks about her experience in the video below along with other delegates from around the world.


In this video Kayla Calvo speaks about the powerful influence CSW55 (March 2011) had in her life.


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