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Call for applicants: Consultation on the permanent forum on people of African descent


In accordance with resolution A/RES/73/262, adopted by the General Assembly, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is organizing a one-day consultation on the permanent forum on people of African descent to be held at the United Nations in Geneva on 29 March 2019.

OHCHR invites civil society representatives interested in participating in the consultation to submit their application for accreditation and assistance by 1 March 2019. For more information:

Information note
Application form

Widows of All Ages: Discrimination and Abuse. What Can the EU Do? Report

On November 7th, 2018, women activists and campaigners from all over the world, some virtually by way of video presentations, gathered at the European Parliament in Brussels for the seminar titled: “Widows of All Ages: Discrimination and Abuse. What Can the EU Do?”

One presenter / panelist included Dr. Mohinder Watson, Founder of Action on Child, Early, and Forced Marriage and NGO CSW Geneva Member.

We thank these strong women for sharing their stories, knowledge, and recommendations for how we can work together to be a powerful voice that demands justice, resources, dignity, and rights to end the suffering of widowhood.

To read the full report and recommendations, please click here: EU-EP Widows Seminar Report Nov 2018


Advocacy Toolkit: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Let’s work together to harness the power of the 16 Days of Activism and demand an ILO convention to end gender-based violence in the world of work. 

Now in its 27th year, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) will begin on 25 November and run through 10 December, Human Rights Day.

To support your advocacy work and ideation around this, Graduate Women International (a member of the NGO CSW Geneva) has created an impactful and easy-to-use advocacy campaign toolkit. The toolkit includes compelling and valuable information about the 16 Days of Activism, facts about GBV, relevant connections between the Sustainable Development Goals and GBV, simple advocacy ideas, press releases, comprehensive social media campaign covering the 16 days complete with Facebook posts, cover photos, infographics, Tweets, Days to Observe and more.

To read the 16 Days of Activism Toolkit, click on the following link: 2018: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence GWI Toolkit

Remember, no action is too small!

Together We Can Eliminate Gender-Based Violence! 

2018 Advocacy Toolkit: 16 Days of Activism

Human Rights Council 26th Session – NGO CSW Geneva jointly hosts an open caucus on Human Rights of Migrant / Displaced Women

HRC Open Caucus Migrant Women Flyer 13-6-14The NGO CSW Geneva & GMPA cordially invite  NGO  / Civil society to an open caucus on migrant/displaced women and their rights in context of the current session of the Human Rights Council.

  • Friday 13 June – 13:30-15:00
  • NGO Resource Center, Palais des Nations – Geneva

  • Bring together advocates and activists addressing migrant women and their rights
  • Identify key policy and protection challenges facing migrant/displaced women
  • Facilitate collaboration for effective advocacy in defense of migrant women at HRC
  • Broaden discussion on migration and migrant women in Beijing +20 review


  • Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, President, NGO CSW Geneva – Secretary General World YWCA
  • Patrick Taran, President, Global Migration Policy Associates (GMPA)
  • Joyce Jett, MCDI/SCI, NGO CSW Co-Convener Interactive Roundtable

Download: Event flyer

World Telecommunications and Information Society Day on May 17, 2012: Women and Girls in ICT

The theme of the 2012 World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) will be “Women and Girls in ICT” .

The NGO CSW Geneva welcomes this initiative and fully supports the ITU Secretary-General’s Call for Action:

“Women are the bedrock of our societies. They are the pillars of strength in every family and community. Yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched. Women and girls are denied access to basic health care and education and to equal opportunities at work. They face segregation in economic, political and social decision-making and often suffer violence and discrimination. […]

Gender equality is a basic human right enshrined in the UN Charter, and it is one of the main objectives of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). ICTs are tools that can help accelerate progress towards achieving this target, and it is for this reason that ITU Council proposed that we focus our efforts this year on women and girls, using the power of ICTs to provide new digital opportunities to end discrimination and empower the female half of the world’s population to achieve their rightful place as equals in the world. […]

ITU calls upon Member States, Sector Members and Associates as well as academia and citizens’ groups to pull together every conceivable resource to ensure that women and girls in every community around the world have full access to ICTs in order to empower them with information and knowledge, to know their rights, and to seize the digital opportunities available.”

The full statement is on

Please see also the message from UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, on

More information on  the WTISD can be found on



International Women’s Day 2012

March 8, 2012

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, a Committee of CoNGO is a platform, a platform for women and other civil society organizations advancing the human rights and empowerment of women at the United Nations in Geneva. The Committee joins the world today in commemorating the 2012 International Women’s Day 2012. The UN has prioritized issues of rural women, ending poverty and hunger as the core theme for 2012.

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action and its core affirmations to women’s empowerment for equality, peace and development, the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the gender equality commitments in the Millennium Development Goals and its targets do give a full range of entitlements to women and girls in communities. However, the huge gap that exists between policy and practice does call for accountability and increased allocation of resources to actions that transform lives and give opportunity to all women and girls.

On this International Day, as we sustain the efforts for achieving gender equality and all women’s enjoyment of human rights, we call on the governments, the private sector, civil society, UN agencies, men and women, boys and girls, and all other stakeholders to:

  1. Recognize and value the unpaid care work, especially of rural women and girls, and to seek ways for giving this work its appropriate human, social and economic value.
  2. Secure women’s right to access to and control of land, property and inheritance, as the basis for economic security and empowerment.
  3. Provide access to quality and affordable primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational education to women of all ages around the world.
  4. Invest in women’s health especially sexual and reproductive health information and services, to ensure a reduction in unacceptable rates of maternal mortality as well as provide care, treatment and support to women living with HIV.
  5. Provide accessible and quality financial products to women, while ensuring improved infrastructure such as communications, transport and sanitation as critical dimensions for promoting the wellbeing and status of women.
  6. Continue to prioritize the protection of rights of all women and especially girls in situations of conflict, and invest in their leadership as they seek solutions, healing and recovery.
  7. Prioritize human rights and gender justice issues in the climate change debates and especially the Rio +20 process.
  8. Call on the media to play a positive and proactive role in advancing the status of women, and desist from reinforcing the stereotypical negative images of women and girls especially in rural communities.

We know that sustaining the agenda for gender equality demands consistent and quality provision of evidence, hence the importance of sex and age disaggregated data. We resolve to sustain our advocacy in calling for the twenty years review of the Beijing Commitments on Women, Equality, Peace and Development with a focus on implementation and emerging issues. We affirm, recognize and celebrate the many women and girls the world over, who are innovating in fighting poverty and hunger against all odds.


This statement is also available for download here

NGO CSW Geneva letter to Mrs Bachelet: Recommendation for proactive measures to address the access issues during the UN CSW

This letter, which addresses the issue of UN access during the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, can be downloaded here.