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NHRIs join global discussion on women’s rights

Graphic: Dr Sima Samar speaks at the side event on the role of NHRIs

Four NHRIs from the Asia Pacific will join with counterparts from Europe and Africa to continue their advocacy efforts at CSW 63.

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Four national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from the Asia Pacific will join with their counterparts from Europe and Africa to take part in discussions and advocacy efforts at the 63rd Session of Commission on the Status of Women.

The priority theme for CSW 63 is social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Senior representatives from the NHRIs of Afghanistan, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines will take part in a number of events during the two-week session in New York, which brings together governments, NGOs and policy makers.

With support from the APF and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), they will continue their ongoing campaign to secure the independent participation of NHRIs in the work of CSW.

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.

"A key element of our campaign is to showcase the enormous wealth of knowledge and expertise that resides within NHRIs and the unique contribution they can make to UN forums in New York," APF Gender Focal Point Pip Dargan said.


Following sustained advocacy, the Agreed Conclusions issued at the end of CSW 60 (2016), CSW 61 (2017) and CSW 62 (2018) have included a stand-alone paragraph to encourage the CSW Secretariat to consider how it can enhance the participation of NHRIs in future sessions.


As part of the NHRI campaign at CSW 63:

  • Florence Simbiri-Jaoko (GANHRI Special Envoy), Dr Sima Samar (Chairperson, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission) and Kate Jenkins (Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner) will address a high-level interactive dialogue on 'Accelerating implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action'
  • An APF-GANHRI-UNFPA side event on 'Advancing gender equality and sexual and reproductive health rights' will feature speakers from the NHRIs of the Philippines and Georgia, as well as UNFPA's Deputy Executive Director

Read more about CSW 63 and the APF-GANHRI campaign to promote the independent participation of NHRIs.

Date: 20 February 2019


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  1. Dr Sima Samar speaks at the side event on the role of NHRIs - APF/Joel Sheakoski