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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


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

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).


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


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.)



Working Group on Employment and the Economics of Gender – Meeting on 28 March 2011

The WG’s next meeting will be on March 28 2011 1-3 PM at the NGO Ressource Center.


  1. Welcome and apologies
  2. Adoption of the agenda
  3. Adoption of the minutes of October 12 2010
  4. Issues arising from the minutes
  5. Preparation of the forthcoming Labour Conference
  6. Plans for the Forum on Women’s Entrepreneurship in November
  7. Draft letter to Mrs Bachelet – 100 days campaign
  8. Date of the next meeting

Download: Minutes of 2 Feb 2011 Meeting