Archive for the ‘Advocacy work’ Category.

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

Download: Event flyer

New Advocacy Brief on Violence against Women – Female Genital Mutilation

Cover-advocacy-brief-FGMThe NGO CSW Geneva has launched a new Advocacy Briefs on Violence against Women, that focus on Female Genital Mutilation.

This new Advocacy Brief follows a first issue on Sexual Violence.

The advocacy Briefs series is an initiative from World YWCA, WWSF, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), and Inter African Committee (IAC).



Download: Advocacy Brief on FGM

Human Rights Council 25th Session: Women’s Rights Caucus on Child, Early and Forced Marriage on 6 March 2014

NGO CSW Geneva hosted a Women’s Rights Caucus during the UN Human Rights Council 25th Session that focussed on Child, Early and Forced Marriage.


  • Mirriam Michelo, survivor of child marriage, young woman from the YWCA of Zambia.
  • Adwoa Kufuor, Human Rights Officer at the Women’s Rights and Gender Division, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Facilitator: Marie-Claude Julsaint, Global Programme Manager for Violence against Women, World YWCA.

Download: Event Flyer

Special Diner with CEDAW member on 24 February 2014

A special diner, jointly organized by the World YWCA and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women Geneva, took place on 24 February 2014 at the Warwick Hotel, Geneva on

Universal Application of CEDAW and Beijing+20 Review 

Download: Invitation




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)

See also the flyer

UN Women Executive Director meets with NGO CSW Geneva members – 15 January 2014

“We have to think of a very bold goal – one that can be destiny changing.”

Un Women Executive Director, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the post-2015 agenda

After concluding a two-day conference in Geneva to support women’s participation and voice in the Syrian peace process, and before flying off to London for another pressing engagement, UN Women Executive Director, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, met with members of NGO CSW Geneva on 15 January for a first encounter and open dialogue.

Read  the full report on this meeting, kindly shared by NGO SCW Geneva member FAWCO

2014-01-15 meeting UN Women ED

Geneva NGO Forum – Beijing+20 UN ECE Regional Review – 3-5 November 2014

For information and Registration, see dedicated website : 

UN Forum on Business and Human Rights – Joint written Statement

At the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2-4 December, A group of NGO CSW Geneva members led by Make Mothers Matter international (MMM), submitted a joint written statement calling for Family and Work reconciliation and the recognition of the essential role of care to be integral part of Corporate Social Responsibility.

This was the 2nd UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. Established by the Human Rights Council in 2012, this Forum provides a global platform for the promotion and implementation of the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, the first globally accepted standards on the responsibilities of States and businesses for preventing and addressing business-related human rights abuse, which were endorsed in 2011 by the Human Rights Council.

See the full written statement, co-signed by MMM, the Mothers Legacy Project, Ius Primi Viri International & the International Federation of Business & Professional Women (IFBWP).


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2013 – Public Gathering in Geneva

Many NGO CSW Geneva members joined  the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF), the leader of the white ribbon campaign in Switzerland ( and the organizer of a public gathering in the center of Geneva on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This day also launches the campaign of “16 Days for the Elimination of Violence against Women”, that will end on 10 December, the International Day for Human Rights.


See also:

White Ribbon Campaign CH




This event also saw the launch of the NGO CSW Geneva’s 1st issue of its Advocacy Brief series on Violence against Women, which focus on sexual violence.




NGO CSW Geneva members submit joint written Statement for CSW58

18 organizations led by the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) submitted a joint written statement for the upcoming 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58), that will take place in March 2014 in New York, and that will focus on a post-2015 agenda to follow-up on the Millennium Development Goals.

The Joint Statement calls for member states to renew their commitments to eliminate once and for all the many root causes of gender inequality, and to focus on an action-oriented agenda that supports real changes in the status of women.

The joint statement can be downloaded here.


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

Download: Events Flyer


Conchita’s Statements

Conchita UN LunchIn her many years asUN representative for the International Federation of University Women – IFUW (from 1994 to 2011!), former NGO CSW Geneva President Conchita Poncini has been a determined advocate for the human rights of women. Over the years, she has written dozens of statements, oral and written, submitted to the Commission on Human Rights, the Human Rights Council, the Commission on the Status of Women and other UN instances. Many of these statements have been co-signed by Committee members and submitted as joint statements.

To commemorate the 2nd anniversary of her death in May 2011, and honor her memory “a few” of these statements have been recovered and are listed below. They all bring the many issues around women’s human rights; and many are still valid today.


Occupy UNOG!

278 members from Zonta International (nicknamed “Zontiennes”) gathered in the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 21 March for a side-event on “Women in the labour market, Strategy for equality between women and men”. An an expected result:  “women occupy UNOG” !


Joint Statement on Violence against Women and Girls: RAPE IS A CRIME!

A joint statement on Violence against Women & Girls, “RAPE IS A CRIME” has been written by a group composed of representatives from Femmes Africa Solidarity (FAS), Inter African Committee (IAC), Women World’s Summit Foundation (WWSF) and World YWCA. This statement is to be delivered at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

“We, members of the NGO/CSW in Geneva, therefore call upon Governments and other stakeholders to enforce legislation to protect women, and to prevent and respond in a timely manner to cases of sexual violence including rape against women. We call for a strengthening of strategies that address gender inequalities irrespective of the circumstance or culture. We call for an end to impunity and the denial of the rights of victims. Sexual assault is not about lust and desire; it is a violent crime of power, control and dominance. We appeal to the decision makers to ensure reforms needed to protect women, ensure access to justice, end impunity and advance their rights.”

The full statement can be downloaded here.


One Billion Rising on V-Day

As part of the 1 billion rising global event, a few of these one billion rising on Violence against Violence gathered in Meyrin Center at 17:30 to dance!  Watch the video on youtube !
See also the event  Flyer and the website for more background information.