Archive for the ‘Panel Event’ Category.

Forum on ‘Women and Global Migration: Root Causes and Innovative Solutions’ – on 23 February 2018

The NGO CSW Geneva organized a Forum on

Women and Global Migration: Root Causes and Innovative Solutions’

that took place on 23 February 9:30-13:00 in the Room XI, Palais des Nations in Geneva. 

The following topics were discussed: 

  • Factors affecting migration flows
  • Movements and labour force
  • Promotion of human rights and innovative solutions. 

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9th International NGO Forum on “Economic Empowerment of Women – Key Factors for Equality by 2030”

The NGO CSW Geneva co-organizes the 9TH OCAPROCE International NGO Forum on the Economic Social and cultural Rights of Women 

on 2 June 2017, 10:00-18:00  
Room VII, Palais des Nations (Attention Room change)




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Programme Summary: 

10:00 – 11:00 Official Opening of the Forum

11:00 – 13:15   Morning Sessions:

  • 1  Inclusive Growth for the Eradication of Women’s Poverty
  • 2  Women’s role in peace building and qualitative growth
  • 3  The Consequences of Migration on Women in Africa

14:15 – 16:30   Afternoon Sessions:

  • 4  Pay Gap in Light of the Economic Empowerment of Women
  • 5  Gender Pension Gap: Cumulative Effect of lifelong Gender Imbalances in Paid & Unpaid Work
  • 6  The Importance of ICTs for the Empowerment of Women and Gender Equality 

16:30 – 17:15 Closing
17:15 – 18:00   Reception

More information: Full Programme


Women in Power, a Guest Lecture by Torild Skard – 3 October 2016



The International Alliance of Women & the World Council of Churches cordially invite you to a

Guest Lecture by TORILD SKARD
author of “Women in Power”

on Monday 3 October 2016, 18:00-20:00

at the Ecumenical Centre Visser’t Hooft Hall, 150 route de Ferney, Geneva


The lecture will be followed by a Panel of distinguished Panel on Women in top leadership and decision-making positions.

A reception is also organized at 17:30 with welcome words by Madame Esther Alder, Conseillère administrative de la Ville de Genève

This event is co-sponsored by the NGO CSW Geneva.

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International Conference to end FGM – From Goals to Action on FGM: Working Together to Bridge Gaps – on 10-11 May 2016

Flyer - FGM Conference IAC May 2016The NGO CSW Geneva is happy to support this 2 day conference organized on 10-11 May by one of its member the Inter-African Committee.

The conference is structured around the following:

  • Best practices against FGM
  • Legal frameworks, policies & action: Stock-taking & Gaps
  • Research, data and advocacy
  • Strengthening partnerships and stakeholder networking
  • Challenges to ending FGM incl. in diaspora:political, socio–economic and religious factors
  • Call to Action & Way forward

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29th Session of the Human Rights Council – Panel-Dialogue event on Migration: Crises of Values and Governance – 24 June 2015

Co-organiszed by NGO CSW Geneva members Bangle and Dialogue, International Council of Jewish Women and Medical Care Development International, in partnership with Global Migration Associates and Rwanda Women Network:

Migration: Crises of Values and Governance
Human Rights, Social Cohesion, Women, Development…
Wednesday 24 June 2015, 12h to 13h30, Palais des Nations, room VIII

HRC 2015 Migrants panel  -Save the Date-150616update3A participatory event highlighting key synergies and mutual dependencies among human rights, international migration, advancement of women, equality now, and the development agendas

to stimulate dialogue, cooperation, and make common cause across intersecting concerns, constituencies and networks to shore up the rights-based approach to governance, to equality and non- discrimination, to migration, to advancement of all women, and to development.

Event Flyer for download


NGO CSW Geneva co-sponsors YLC CSW59 side-event on Human Rights & Migrant Women on 11 March 2014

The Young Leaders Caucus YLC is an organization of young people, mostly young women, that was born during the Geneva NGO Forum Beijing+20 UN ECE Review organized by the NGO CSW Geneva in November 2014.

Following up on substantive work done for the NGO Forum, YLC cordially invites you to a CSW59 Side-Event on

Human Rights and Migrant Women
on 11 March 10:30-12:00 at CCUN Chapel, New York


  • Alicia Arbid, Arab Women’s Solidarity Organization – Belgium, European Network of Migrant Women
  • Melissa Garcia Velez, New York State Youth Leadership Council
  • Dylan Terry, Young Leaders Caucus, Global Migration Policy Associates
  • Representative from DRUM tbc – South Asian Organizing Center

Moderator:: Jitka Markova, European Network of Migrant Women, Migrant Women’s Platform (UK)

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Human Rights Council 26th Session – NGO CSW Geneva jointly hosts an open caucus on Human Rights of Migrant / Displaced Women

HRC Open Caucus Migrant Women Flyer 13-6-14The NGO CSW Geneva & GMPA cordially invite  NGO  / Civil society to an open caucus on migrant/displaced women and their rights in context of the current session of the Human Rights Council.

  • Friday 13 June – 13:30-15:00
  • NGO Resource Center, Palais des Nations – Geneva

  • Bring together advocates and activists addressing migrant women and their rights
  • Identify key policy and protection challenges facing migrant/displaced women
  • Facilitate collaboration for effective advocacy in defense of migrant women at HRC
  • Broaden discussion on migration and migrant women in Beijing +20 review


  • Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, President, NGO CSW Geneva – Secretary General World YWCA
  • Patrick Taran, President, Global Migration Policy Associates (GMPA)
  • Joyce Jett, MCDI/SCI, NGO CSW Co-Convener Interactive Roundtable

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International Day on Zero Tolerance to FGM – 6 February 2014

On the international day on zero tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the NGO CSW Geneva has sponsored an event organized by the Inter African Committee on

Synergy of actions by governments, the international community and civil society to accelerate the achievement of zero tolerance to FGM.


  • H.E. Jean-Marie Ehouzou, permanent observer of the AFRICAN UNION
  • H:E. Steffen Kongstad, permanent representative of Norway
  • H.E. Fodé Seck, permanent representative of Senegal
  • H.E. Paurizio Enrico Luigi Serra, Permanent representative of Italy
  • H.e. Minelik Alemu Getahun, Permanent representetaive of Ethiopia
  • Mrs. Nyaradzayi General Secretary of World YWCA
  • Representatives of UNFPA, UNICEF, OHCHR, WHO and other international organizations based in Geneva

Moderator: Adebisi Adebayo, Inter African Committee (IAC)

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Human Rights Council 24th Session – Side Event on “Unpaid care work, women’s rights and poverty: making the connection” on 18 September

Jointly organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, Make Mothers Matter (MMM) & Association Points Coeur
Sponsored by the Missions of Chile, Finland, France and Uruguay,
as well as the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva.

MMM panel HRC unpaid care work, women's rights & poverty

Building on the work of the Special Rapporteur, the ILO, UNRISD, OHCHR, as well as the rich experience of Make Mothers Matter International in this area, the event presented arguments for consideration of unpaid care work as a major human rights issue, and proposed strategies for the better recognition, reduction and redistribution of unpaid care work, as an important step towards the better realization of women’s human rights.


  • Magdalena Sepúlveda – UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights
  • Jane Hodges – Director, Bureau for Gender Equality, International Labor Organization (ILO)
  • Sarah Cook – Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
  • Christian Courtis – Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Valérie Bichelmeier – UN Representative, Make Mothers Matter International (MMMI)

Chair: Her Excellency Ms Päivi Kairamo, Ambassador of Finland

This event brought women’s unpaid care work into focus as a critical human rights issue. The main objectives were to:

  1. Bring unpaid care work into the centre of the debate on gender equality and women’s human rights, including the rights of older women and girls;
  2. Reactivate the debate on how best to recognize the economic and social value of women’s unpaid care work, which is both a cause of the feminization of poverty and increasingly intensified in the context of population ageing, migration, health crises, austerity, rising unemployment and informal work;
  3. Present examples and strategies (including good practices by States) for the better recognition, reduction and redistribution of unpaid care work.

Download: Flyer & Concept note of the event


Human Rights Council 23rd Session – Side Event on Traditional Values – Culture – Religion – Women’s Human Rights

On 30 May 2013 14:00-16:00 – Room VIII, Palais des Nation.


Distinguished Speakers:

  • UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights – Ms. Farida Shaheed – Invited
  • Dr. Krishna Ahoojapatel – WILPF – Definition of Traditional Values
  • Mr. Willy Fautre – Chair, Human Rights Without Frontiers International
  • Ms. Lois A. Herman – WUNRN-Women’s UN Report Network – History, Intersections, UN Study
  • Ms. Zarizana Abdul Aziz – Due Diligence Project, Co-Director
  • Dr. Lale Say,  World Health Organization, Coordinator Reproductive Health & Research
  • Mr. Peter Prove – Ecumenical Advisory Alliance, Executive Director

Moderator: Dr. Adebisi Adebayo – Inter-African Committee Geneva

Co-sponors: Due Diligence Project, IAC, INPEA, World YWCA, WUNRN

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CEDAW Side-event on the Universal Application of CEDAW + International Day of Rural Women – 15 October 2012

10:00 to 12:30 in the CoNGO meeting Room – 11, Av. de la Paix in Geneva
a Joint event by World YWCA, WWSF and the NGO CSW Geneva



HRC21 side-event – Women’s ESC Rights: a CHOICE in the Himalayas (film projection and discussion) on 20 September

20 September – 16:00-18:00
Room XVII – Palais des Nations

This 67-minutes film portrays the lives of women of a remote village of the Indian Himalayas, notably following a young lady called Hema. Avani, a local NGO, has proposed to install solar panels and thus bring modernity to the village. In order to finance this modernization, Avani encourages women to restart weaving, a traditional craft that is thus revived and that changes the life of these women…

The film will be presented by Catherine Addor-Confino, filmmaker. Over the past 13 years, Catherine has spent half of her time in this region, immersing herself in the local culture and slowly building strong relationships with these women.

The film projection will be followed by an interactive discussion on women’s empowerment in a context of poverty, modernization and rural exodus.





Co-Sponsors: International Council of Women (ICW) & Make Mothers Matter International (MMM Int.)



HRC21 side-event on Violence against Women in India on 12 September

on 12 September 2012 at 12:00 to 14:00
in room XI of the Palais de Nations.

Welcome address: Asha Kowtal WinG-India (10 mins)

Chair:  Lia van Broekhoven Cordaid-GPPAC, Human Security Network (5 mins)


  • Renu Takhellambam Gun widow and President, EEVFAM
  • Lilabati Baishya Survivor of Sexual Violence, Assam, India
  • Frank van Lierde Writer and Researcher, The Netherlands

Book release – “We the widows of the Gun”:

  • Nengchin Khongshai Gun widow, Manipur, India
  • Namrata Daniel All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch 

Closing comments NoniBala Narengbham WinG-India

Organized by WinG – Co-Sponsors: Pax Romana, WILPF, GNWP, NGO CSW Geneva


HRC21 side event on Empowering women through Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on 12 September

12 September 2012 – 13:00-15:00 – Room XXI, Palais des Nations

A collaboration between the Permanent Missions of Finland, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Spain and Thailand and the NGO CSW Geneva.


  • Ms. Laura DUPUY LASSERRE, President of the Human Rights Council (Chair, Moderator)
  • Ms. Kyung-wha KANG, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights (Opening statement)
  • Ms. Magdalena SEPULVEDA, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty
  • Mr. Niklas BRUUN, Member of the CEDAW Committee
  • Ms. Ruth Abril Sttoffels, Professor of International Law and International Relations, specialised in gender issues, Cardenal Herrera CEU University
  • Ms. Nyaradzai GUMBONZVANDA, President of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women and General Secretary of YWCA
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HRC20 side-event on 2 July 2012: Reproductive Health & Rights – Exploring gaps and new paths

Date: Monday 2 July 2012, 13:00-15:00
Room XXIV, Palais des Nations


  • To identify gaps and solutions from different perspectives
  • To strengthen advocacy for the accelerated implementation of the ICPD Plan of Action


Chair and introduction: Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda: President, NGO Committee on the Status of Women,

Geneva Rapporteur: Joyce Jett, Medical Care Development International


  • Where do we stand with Reproductive Rights and the ICPD review? Alanna Armitage, Director, UNFPA Office, Geneva
  • Rio+20 and Reproductive Rights Beatriz Schultess, Senior Associate, Conference of NGOs with Consultative Status to the UN , CoNGO
  • Family Planning and Reproductive Health in the Developing World Dr. Karim Abawi, Gynaecologist, Expert in Reproductive Health and Training Programmes
  • Defining Reproductive Rights – an Evolution Dr. Krishna Ahoojapatel, Women and Development, former President of NGO CSW Geneva
  • Innovation and Technology: Tools to Protect Reproductive Health and Rights Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger, University of Geneva Public Health School, Vice-President NGO CSW Geneva


Download:: Event Flyer