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Human Rights Council 16th Session – 4th week

Advocacy work Panel Event Rights, Peace & Justice Thematic Forums

Pre-side Event to the Review Process of UN SCR 1325 : Public Discussion: “10 years after UN SCR 1325: Conflict Prevention Mechanisms” with Ms Mary Robinson

On 2 September 2010, the Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, chaired by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and co-chaired by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), organized, as a pre-side Event to the review process of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, a panel discussion on the mechanisms of Prevention.


  • Ms Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights; Member, Council of Elders; UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 1997-2002; President of Ireland 1990-1997
  • Ms Bineta Diop, Executive Director, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)
  • Ms Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World YWCA

Chair:  Ms Madeleine Rees, Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)


The Event flyer can be downloaded here.


Members Meetings Women's Health

Working Group on Women’s Health – Meeting on 23 June 2010

This forwarded information from Dr. Islam of the WHO Making Childbirth Safer Division regarding media from the Women’s Deliver Conference AND the Agenda for the NGO CSW Women’s Right to Health WG on Wednesday, 23 June from 4:30 to 6 p.m. .taking place at the CoNGO meeting room.

Hope to see you there!

Afton and Manjit

Co-convenors of the NGO CSW

Women’s Right to Health WG

Women’s Right to Health WG June2010 meeting agenda

“Women Deliver” News Clips

Members Meetings

General meeting Thursday 17 june 2010

Dear All,

The Bureau of the NGO-CSW would like to invite you to an abbreviated general meeting next Thursday, June 17 from 10:30-12:00 in the NGO Resource Center. If Conchita is unable to attend, Krishna and Simone (VP’s) will co-chair. Although she is expecting to be home from the hospital by that time due to a positive response to the recent treatment, she will probably be unable to join the meeting.

Rather than having a guest speaker as originally planned, the meeting will be conducted in more of an information- sharing format.

I ‘ve attached a rudimentary agenda but will be flexible as the purpose is to reconnect and share some of our recent news together. We are hoping for everyone’s input for the various agenda items which many of you have been involved.

Kind regards,

Carolyn Handschin

ngo csw draft agenda gen meeting june 17 2010

Advocacy work Other Violence against Women and Girls

Berhane Ras-Work, Convenor of the WG on Violence against Women and Girls receives highest Austrian award

Mrs. Berhane Ras-Work, a long time member of our Committee and WG Convenor, has been awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, the highest award of Austria, by President Heinz Fischer.

The award ceremony took place on 26th April 2010, with attendees including international diplomats, members of the Austrian Parliament, NGO’s, ministries, as well as EU and UN representatives, and international journalists.

Among other things, Mrs Ras-Work has been fighting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other Harmful Traditional Practices(HTP). Mrs. Ras-work is the first African/Ethiopian to break the taboo of FGM and the founder of The Inter-African Committee which now operates in 28 African countries to bring an end to FGM and other HTPs.

Further details about Mrs. Ras-Work pcan be found on her website:


Panel Event

International Women’s Day 2010: Watershed for Women’s Human Right and Empowerment

This Event was held on Monday 8 March 2010 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, and included 2 panels.


I. 10:00- 11:00am: “2010: Watershed for Women’s Human Rights and  Empowerment”

Focus on the integration of women’s rights in the UN System with reference to innovative ideas, such as a better co-ordination between CEDAW and the UPR of the Human Rights Council.

Moderator: Conchita Poncini (IFUW) President NGO CSW- Geneva


  • Ms. Navanethem Pillay; High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • HE Mr. Marius Grinius, Ambassador of Canada to the UN
  • Ms. Muriel Berset, Minister, Head of Office, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
  • Mr. Patrice Robineau, Senior Advisor to the Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


II. 11:00- 12:00: “Beijing + 15: Creating New Mechanisms to Accelerate the Implementation of the Platform for Action”

Consideration of the effectiveness of some of the  emerging mechanisms such as the recently adopted UNGA resolution to set up a composite entity in the UN on women,  implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 on “Women, Peace and Security”, as well as SCR 1820, 1888 and 1889

Moderator:  Krishna Ahoojapatel (WILPF) Vice- president, NGO CSW-Geneva


  • Ms. Joanina Karugaba, SGBV Technical Specialist UNHCR – Implementation 1820
  • Ms. Bineta Diop, Director, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)
  • Ms. Stephanie Joubert, Expert Cordaid, “1888 & 1889”
  • Ms. Annelise Ebbe, President, WILPF , “Beijing+15 & 1325”
  • Ms. Natalie Fisher-Spalton, Deputy General Secretary, YWCA,  “Gender Equality Architecture  Reform” GEAR


Events reports & statements for download:

A report on this event made by WILPF

Statements Summaries

Statement by Madame Navanethem Pillay, United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights  (also on the OHCHR website)

Statement by Ambassador Marius Grinius, Canada

Statement by Madame Natalie Fisher-Spalton, Deputy Secretary General of World YWCA

Statement by Madame Annelise Ebbe, International Co-President of WILPF



Minerva Prize awarded to NGO-CSW President Conchita Poncini

My dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce you that, as member of the Jury of the International Minerva Prize, I will awardMrs. Conchita Poncini with the official Acknowledgment for her activities of woman who, during her life, stood up for human rights’ protection.

The Minerva Award can be defined as the “Holding of the Knowledge”, or the “Tip of the Iceberg” of the multinational of women’s intelligence. The Prize consists of a gold and gemstones pin representing Minerva’s head, designed by the Master Renato Guttuso. The award enjoys the support of the President of the Italian Republic.

The awards ceremony will be held on 26th November in Rome, by the Campidoglio, the headquarter of the Municipality of the City of Rome, as well as a historical and artistic site during the Roman Empire and the Middle Age period.

The event will be attended by the Highest Offices of State, and by personalities of the world of arts and culture.

Kind regards,

Simone Ovart

Zonta International Representative – UN Geneva

Vice President NGO CSW Geneve

Advocacy work Economic Empowerment & Employment Panel Event

Special Presentation by World Bank Director Mayra Buvinic – 4 november 2009

Special presentation on 4 November 2009 in the Palais de Nations in Geneva :

“The Global Economic Crisis and the Empowerment of Women”


Director of the Gender in Poverty Reduction Vice Presidency of the WORLD BANK

In preparation for the Beijing+15 54th Commission on the Status of Women in 2010, the World Bank in Geneva and the CoNGO Geneva NGO Committee on the Status of Women (NGO CSW) have invited Ms. Mayra Buvinic to present the Bank’s strategy and policy in approaching the financial and economic crisis from a women’s empowerment and gender equal perspective and how gender equality is mainstreamed in the Bank.

Downloads :

Event Flyer

Event Report by Conchita Poncini (IFUW)