Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 20l2 – Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Palais des Nations – Room IX – Geneva

Distinguished Speakers:

UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights – Ms. Farida Shaheed

UN Special Rapporteur on the Violence Against Women – Ms. Rashida Manjoo (Invited)

Chief of Women’s Rights & Gender Section – OHCHR – Ms. Isha Dyfan

Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations Geneva – Ms. Manon Boisclair – Second Secretary, Human Rights

World YWCA General Secretary & President of NGO Committee on the Status of Women Geneva, Ms. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

WUNRN – Women’s UN Report Network – Power Point – Ms. Lois A. Herman, WUNRN Coordinator


Inter-African Committee Geneva – Dr. Adebisi Adebayo

Objectives of this side event:

  • To provide more understanding on the subject and exact actions needed for the achievement of total abandonment of the harmful traditional/cultural practices.
  • To provide clarity on the need for international monitoring mechanisms to accurately gauge States’ compliance with international obligations to which they are a party.
  • To provide interpretation to developed actions and interventions
  • To get further insight into the concept of ‘due diligence’ and remedies.


  • Event flyer
  • Presentation of Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA General Secretary & President of NGO CSW Geneva