Gender Equality

Gender Equality

FAWCO's mission is to empower women and girls worldwide. Through our global programs, we raise awareness, promote action, advocate for policies, and support projects that contribute to achieving gender equality. FAWCO UN Reps are active in the NGO Committees on the Status of Women in New York, Geneva and Vienna, and we send delegations to the Commission on the Status of Women in New York each year. 

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UN Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender EqualityGender Equality

FAWCO supports the mission, programs and campaigns of UN Women, the United Nations entity for women's empowerment and gender equality. We advocate for and work on projects to promote the achievement of SDG #5.

UN Commission on the Status of Women

FAWCO sends a delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at UN Headquarters in New York every year.  Learn more about FAWCO’s involvement in CSW and the NGO Forum, and see blogs by UN Reps and delegation members. You can read the CSW Written Statements endorsed by FAWCO and submitted to UN Women on the Advocacy page. 

FAWCO members interested in joining FAWCO's delegation to CSW, contact

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Global Gender Equality Report

The world is facing an acute misuse of talent by not acting faster to tackle gender inequality, which could put economic growth at risk and deprive economies of the opportunity to develop, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2016.

Gender Equality Events

A sampling of recent events FAWCO co-sponsored with partner organizations, members of the NGO Committees on the Status of Women and other NGO committees:

In June 2017 in Geneva, UN Rep Paula Daeppen and several members of AWC Zurich attended an NGO Forum on Women's Economic Empowerment.  

International Day of the Girl Flashmob Dance - Geneva

UN Rep Stacy Lara was one of the organizers of a flashmob dance on the Place des Nations in Geneva on October 11, when NGO CSW Geneva celebrated the fifth anniversary of the International Day of the Girl in 2016. Sponsored by the US Mission to the UN in Geneva, United Nations Office of Geneva and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, this spirited event was an invitation to all to commit to investing in girls in order to achieve SDG # 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Watch a video of the event.

Women's Economic Empowerment Forum - Geneva

UN Rep Anne Riz, Treasurer of NGO CSW Geneva, was involved in the organization of an NGO CSW Geneva forum entitled "Women's Economic Empowerment in a Sustainable Perspective". The one-day program of four panel-discussions brought together experts from UN Women and other UN agencies, NGOs, government and academia to focus on the areas of government procurement, equal pay for equal work, women in decision-making positions and unpaid care work. The panelists presented, discussed and shared best practices with about 200 participants. The forum report is available on the NGO CSW Geneva Website.

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