Posts tagged ‘Women’s Rights’

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

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.


International Women’s Day 2011: “Celebrating Women’s Rights: Higher Education – Pathway to Gender Equality and Decent Work”

On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the NGO CSW Geneva organized a roundtable on “Celebrating Women’s Rights: Higher Education – Pathway to Gender Equality and Decent Work”, which was held on 8 March 2011 in the Palais des Nations in Geneva.



Kyung-Wha Kang, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights – see her statement (on the OHCHR website)

Patricia Schultz, CEDAW Committee, former Director of Federal Department of Equality in Switzerland

Daniel Kull, World Bank

Marianne Haslegrave, President, International Federation of University Women (IFUW)

• Jane Hodges, Director, ILO Bureau for Gender Equality


Download: Event report by Carolyn Handschin, Women’s Federation for World Peace, Int’l.