Posts tagged ‘Women’s Economic Social & Cultural Rights’

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 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
Downlaod: event flyer