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One Billion Rising on V-Day

As part of the 1 billion rising global event, a few of these one billion rising on Violence against Violence gathered in Meyrin Center at 17:30 to dance!  Watch the video on youtube !
See also the event  Flyer and the website for more background information.
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16 days of activism for ending violence against women and girls: 25 November – 10 December

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign starting on the International Day  against Violence Against Women- 25 November – and International Human Rights Day – December 10.

The 2012 theme is: “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women! “

More information on the Say No Violence website


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HRC21 side-event on Violence against Women in India on 12 September

on 12 September 2012 at 12:00 to 14:00
in room XI of the Palais de Nations.

Welcome address: Asha Kowtal WinG-India (10 mins)

Chair:  Lia van Broekhoven Cordaid-GPPAC, Human Security Network (5 mins)


  • Renu Takhellambam Gun widow and President, EEVFAM
  • Lilabati Baishya Survivor of Sexual Violence, Assam, India
  • Frank van Lierde Writer and Researcher, The Netherlands

Book release – “We the widows of the Gun”:

  • Nengchin Khongshai Gun widow, Manipur, India
  • Namrata Daniel All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch 

Closing comments NoniBala Narengbham WinG-India

Organized by WinG – Co-Sponsors: Pax Romana, WILPF, GNWP, NGO CSW Geneva


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HRC20 side-event: Harmful traditional Practices against Women and Girls on 27 June

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


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16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence – From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World – Roundtable on December 2, 2011

10:00 – 13:00 – Maison des Associations, 15 rue des Savoises, Geneva

The interrelation of armed violence and violence against women

Keynote Speakers:

  • Ms Ruth‐Gaby Vermot‐MANGOLD, DrPhil. Former MP and member of the Council of Europe, President of 1000 PWAG
  • Ms Alanna ARMITAGE , Director UNFPA Geneva office
  • Ms Christiane AGBOTON JOHNSON, Deputy Director of UNIDIR
  • Ms Nyaradzayi GUMBONZVANDA, General Secretary of World YWCA and President of the NGO CSW Geneva
  • Mr Ireneo Omositson NAMBOKA, Expert Trainer retired UNHCHR



A joint Event of the NGO CSW Geneva, Bangwe et Dialogue, Peace Women Across the Globe (PWAG) & UNFPA.