APF-GANHRI advocacy at the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
الجرافيك Dr Sima Samar and Florence Simbiri-Jaoko at CSW 61
NHRIs from around the globe will continue their campaign for the independent participation of NHRIs in the work of the global policy setting body.
National human rights institutions (NHRIs) from around the world will continue their campaign for independent participation at the UN Commission on the Status of Women when the global policy making body meets in March 2018.
The 62nd Session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 62) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12-23 March 2018.
Unlike at the Human Rights Council, 'A status' NHRIs do not have standing in their own right to participate in meetings of the CSW and can only attend as part of their country's government delegation, if they are invited, or with the support of an accredited NGO.
In an historic step, the Agreed Conclusions issued at the end of CSW 60 (2016) and CSW 61 (2017) included standalone paragraphs to encourage the CSW Secretariat to consider how it could enhance the participation of NHRIs.
"With few exceptions, every gender and development indicator for which data are available reveals that rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women, and that they disproportionately experience poverty, exclusion and the effects of climate change."
Read more in the short concept note for NHRI participation at CSW 62
The priority theme for CSW 62 is the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.
In partnership with the APF and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), the Australian Permanent Mission will host a side event on 16 March 2018 which will feature speakers from the NHRIs of Afghanistan, the Philippines and Australia.
The side event will be chaired by Florence Simbiri-Jaoko, GANHRI Special Envoy and former Chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.
These presentations will showcase the impact that NHRIs can have to empower women and girls living in rural areas and help them combat the discrimination and human rights violations they experience.
GANHRI will also present a special report that compiles the experiences of NHRIs in supporting and empowering women and girls living in rural areas.
- Dr Sima Samar and Florence Simbiri-Jaoko at CSW 61 - APF/Pip Dargan
- Woman looks past her fishing net - UN Women/Anindit Roy-Chowdhury, Flickr; http://bit.ly/2CluCaT