Circle of Honor

The circle of honor recognizes distinguished service to the NGO CSW Geneva and dedication to the promotion of human rights and the empowerment of women and girls. 

Ursula Barter-Hemmerich, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Ursula Barter (left) with Carolyn Handschin

An active member for many years, Ursula was elected to serve the Bureau as secretary for three separate terms, totaling 9 years. She has been a vital part of various working groups and task forces as well as the NGO committee on Aging. A professional interpreter, Ursula has continuously and graciously volunteered her skills for simultaneous interpretations at many high-profile Committee events and conferences and translated numerous documents for the Committee. Ursula has been a voice of wisdom and council for the Committee and a beloved and generous friend to its members for decades.

Anne Herdt, International Council of Social Welfare

A long-time dedicated member of the Committee and the convenor of the working group on Women’s health, Anne served as President for two consecutive terms from 1986 to 1991. In 2007 she initiated and led a task force with the purpose of raising awareness for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognizing Eleanor Roosevelt and her legacy as the driving force behind the UDHR. This resulted in a memorial to Eleanor Roosevelt and the UDHR being erected at the Place des Nations in 2008 for the 60th anniversary of the declaration. This initiative was recognized and supported by individual and organizational donors, the city of Geneva and the Swiss government.

Berhane Ras-Work, United for Equity and Ending Racism (UFER)

Berhane Ras-Work (center)

Besides serving on the Bureau as Vice President, Berhane has remained an active member a of the NGO CSW Geneva even when living in Ethiopia and has a long history of working with the Committee on the issues of violence against women, harmful traditional practices and FGM. She has authored publications and organized and participated in side events on these issues for the Committee and the UN an its agencies. Berhane was the founder and Executive Director of the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC). She is well known internationally as an FGM activist, as she has challenged governments and the African Union to play a more vigorous role in the fight against FGM and helping to eradicate it.

Read more about her work here.