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Currents, Winter 2018 campaigns. We organize educational events—panel discussions, speeches, film screenings—on important issues such as women‘s economic empowerment, ear- ly childhood development and education for refugee families, female genital mutilation, human trafficking, honor killing, and countering violent extremism. • • • • • We advocate We promote We collaborate We inform We offer opportunities Learn more about what ECOSOC consultative status means in Working with ECOSOC: An NGO Guide to Consultative Status. What are the NGO Committees on the Status of Women? What is the NGO Commit- tee on Migration? NGO Committees, Constituenci- es, Major Groups, Stakeholders, Civil Society–what are these groups? What do they do? The active engagement of several thousand NGOs with the work of the UN requires that NGOs orga- nize and collaborate through working in committees and coalitions. This amplifies communications about the work we do, and fosters partnerships. FAWCO UN Reps play active roles in the following groups of NGOs at the UN: • NGO Committee on the Status of Women NY • NGO Committee on the Status of Women Geneva • NGO Committee on the Status of Women Vienna • NGO Committee on Migration • NGO Major Group • Women and Gender Constituency What is CSW? What is UN Women? The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was founded in 1946 to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women is the UN focal point for women‘s rights, the “United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.” CSW, organized by UN Women, takes place in March every year and is the global forum for women‘s rights and gender equality attended by government officials, representatives of the UN and other international agencies, and thousands of acti- vists from around the world. NGOs with ECOSOC consultative status may send a delegation of up to 20 people to CSW. FAWCO has had CSW delegations of as many as 15 members. Learn more about UN Women Learn more about the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) FAWCO News How does the UN Program fit in with the FAWCO Global Issues programs? The UN Reps Team provides information and resour- ces from UN agencies, publications and newsletters to support the education and awareness-raising compo- nents of the Target Program and Global Issues Teams. We participate in and promote global campaigns rele- vant to FAWCO‘s priority issues. We offer the oppor- tunity of a FAWCO UN Youth Program to children of FAWCO and FAUSA members. We contribute positi- on papers and resolutions on the UN to the US Issu- es Team for Ov