NGO Committee on the Status of Women

The Vienna NGO Committee on the Status of Women (NGO CSW Vienna), accredited at the United Nations Office in Vienna, was founded in 1982 and works on a voluntary basis on both national and international levels. The Committee is comprised of around 40 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with a focus on women’s issues. The Committee’s main purpose is to facilitate the activities of its member organizations in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. It acts as a forum for the exchange of information and views on matters of common interest and coordinates the drafting of joint statements to UN agencies and commissions including the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

The Board

Executive Committee for the term
2024 – 2026

Evelyn Dürmayer (International Association of Democratic Lawyers)
1st Vice Chair:
Christiane Ugbor (Afrikanische Frauenorganisation)
2nd Vice Chair:
Elisabeth Francis (Graduate Women International)
John Clark (World Union for Progressive Judaism)
Deputy Secretary:
Marion Prechtl (Soroptimist International)
Annemarie Weinzettl (Pax Romana)
Deputy Treasurer:
Ceja Gregor-Hu (International Inner Wheel)

Highlights of 2024

CSW68: Consultation Day under the Commission on the status of women

Empowering Pastoralist Women in Mountain Regions: Navigating Environmental & Gender Challenges.

CCPJ Side Event in May 2024

Access to Justice for Victims after nuclear disastrous Accidents: Who is responsible? What are the consequences on Health and Environment?


  • Promote gender equality and mainstream women’s issues in the work of the UN
  • Monitor implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG#5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Participate in the UN Commission on the Status of Women, submit statements to its sessions, disseminate related documents, and support the activities of UN Women
  • Advocate for women’s issues with UN Member States’ missions
  • Consult with subject matter experts and provide the expertise and experience of our member organizations to UN agencies
  • Follow meetings and disseminate information on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • Follow the work of the Vienna-based UN commissions and agencies, in particular the work of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and the activities of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UNEP, UNCITRAL, UNOOSA,UNODA, CTBTO PrepCom, other international associations located in Vienna like FRA, OSCE and cooperation with Universities and Research Institutes.
  • Submit statements and disseminate information.
  • Participate in drafting documents and reports on women’s issues.
Commission on the Status of Women established by ECOSOC
CSW Sessions
Foundation of CSW in Vienna