Archive for the ‘Thematic Forums’ Category.

Widows of All Ages: Discrimination and Abuse. What Can the EU Do? Report

On November 7th, 2018, women activists and campaigners from all over the world, some virtually by way of video presentations, gathered at the European Parliament in Brussels for the seminar titled: “Widows of All Ages: Discrimination and Abuse. What Can the EU Do?”

One presenter / panelist included Dr. Mohinder Watson, Founder of Action on Child, Early, and Forced Marriage and NGO CSW Geneva Member.

We thank these strong women for sharing their stories, knowledge, and recommendations for how we can work together to be a powerful voice that demands justice, resources, dignity, and rights to end the suffering of widowhood.

To read the full report and recommendations, please click here: EU-EP Widows Seminar Report Nov 2018

 

Advocacy Toolkit: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Let’s work together to harness the power of the 16 Days of Activism and demand an ILO convention to end gender-based violence in the world of work. 

Now in its 27th year, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) will begin on 25 November and run through 10 December, Human Rights Day.

To support your advocacy work and ideation around this, Graduate Women International (a member of the NGO CSW Geneva) has created an impactful and easy-to-use advocacy campaign toolkit. The toolkit includes compelling and valuable information about the 16 Days of Activism, facts about GBV, relevant connections between the Sustainable Development Goals and GBV, simple advocacy ideas, press releases, comprehensive social media campaign covering the 16 days complete with Facebook posts, cover photos, infographics, Tweets, Days to Observe and more.

To read the 16 Days of Activism Toolkit, click on the following link: 2018: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence GWI Toolkit

Remember, no action is too small!

Together We Can Eliminate Gender-Based Violence! 

2018 Advocacy Toolkit: 16 Days of Activism

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. 

Additional information:

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

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)

Theme: 

“ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN – KEY FACTORS FOR EQUALITY BY 2030”

 

Registration on INDICO :
https://reg.unog.ch/event/18631/
(mandatory for those who do nat have a UN ground pass)

Note: if you do not have an INDICO account, you must first create an account via: https://reg.unog.ch/event/18631/user/register


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

 

NGO CSW Geneva / SDC Forum – Report now available

The NGO CSW Geneva with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) organized a one-day Forum on

the Economic Empowerment of Women & Girls in a Sustainable Perspective

which took place on 10 October 2016, at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Room XIX 

4 topics were addressed in 4 panels: 

  • Promoting gender equality through Government Procurement
  • Equal Pay between Men and Women
  • Women in Decision Making Positions
  • Addressing Unpaid Care Work

The report on this Forum is now available for Download

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

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

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…
on
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

Speakers:

  • 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)

Download: Event Flyer

 

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
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  • 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

Speakers

  • 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.

Speakers:

  • 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

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.

Speakers: 

  • 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

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 (www.white-ribbon.ch) 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.

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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.

 

 

 

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.

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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

 

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.