Two women of COSROWThe General Commission on the Status and Role of Women advocates for full participation of women in the total life of The United Methodist Church. We're helping the church recognize every person--clergy and lay, women and men, adults and children--as full and equal parts of God's human family. We believe that a fully engaged and empowered membership is vital to The United Methodist Church's mission "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."

The purpose of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) is to serve as advocate, catalyst and monitor to empower women and to transform the Church so that we, as inclusive people of God, can be in ministry to a hungering and hurting world.

COSROW pursues its vision by monitoring the status and roles of all women, including gathering, analyzing, and disseminating information relating to participation in all areas of the Church; acting as a catalyst for inclusiveness through the Church; and advocating with and on behalf of women in all aspects of the life and ministry of the Church.

What We Do

Through training, education, research and monitoring, GCSRW:

  • Addresses gender discrimination and sexism within Church structure
  • Nurtures clergy and lay leaders in the Church
  • Raises awareness of women's issues and opportunities
  • Educates Church leaders and seminarians on sexual ethics and policies
  • Supports victims/survivors of sexual harassment or abuse
  • Develops guidelines for inclusive and expansive language
  • Trains and supports Central Conferences women
  • Monitors Annual Conferences and the General Conference for inclusiveness

GCSRW is one of 13 general agencies of The United Methodist Church and is financed through the World Service Fund (apportioned giving from local congregations). The commission is accountable to the General Conference, the Church's chief law-making body, and is a member of the Connectional Table, which coordinates the program and administrative life of Church-wide agencies.