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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

International Day of the Girl 2016 – Flashmob Dance: the video!

NGO CSW Geneva celebrated the fifth anniversary of the International Day of the Girl by staging a flashmob dance outside the United Nations building in Geneva. Sponsored by the US Mission, United Nations Office of Geneva and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, this spirited event was an invitation to all actors to fully commit to investing in girls in order to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.



International Day of the Girl 2016 – Invitation to a Flashmob Dance

flyer-idog-2016-final-1Dance with us as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the International Day of the Girl. With this spirited event, we mean to engage all actors and gain their full commitment to investing in girls. Celebrating girls worldwide on 11 October raises awareness that states and their partners must take meaningful actions towards reaching Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

When? on Tuesday 11 October 2016 at 13:00 sharp

Where? on the Place des Nations in Geneva

CSW59 – NGO CSW Geneva presents the Geneva NGO Forum Beijing+20 UN ECE Review and its Outcome Document at High Level Panel and at NGO Forum Consultation Day

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A High Level Panel on the Results of regional Beijing+20 meetings of the United Nations regional commissions took place at the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) on Thursday 12 March at the United Nations in New York, where NGO CSW Geneva Vice-President, Valerie Bichelmeier could deliver an oral statement to present the November 2014 Geneva NGO Forum Beijing+20 UNECE Review and its outcome document, the NGO Declaration and Recommendations.

See the webcast of main sessions, including this panel on

For more information on CSW59 see

NGO CSW Geneva member Simone Ovart (ZONTA) also intervened at the NGO Forum Consultation Day on 8 March. in the session Beijing+20 – Voices from the Regions as spokeswoman for the NGO CSW Geneva, bringing to the attention of all the work done by the NGO Forum in Geneva last November and disseminating its outcome document.


More information on the NGO Forum and the Consultation Day on


New Advocacy Brief on Violence against Women – Female Genital Mutilation

Cover-advocacy-brief-FGMThe NGO CSW Geneva has launched a new Advocacy Briefs on Violence against Women, that focus on Female Genital Mutilation.

This new Advocacy Brief follows a first issue on Sexual Violence.

The advocacy Briefs series is an initiative from World YWCA, WWSF, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), and Inter African Committee (IAC).



Download: Advocacy Brief on FGM

Human Rights Council 25th Session: Women’s Rights Caucus on Child, Early and Forced Marriage on 6 March 2014

NGO CSW Geneva hosted a Women’s Rights Caucus during the UN Human Rights Council 25th Session that focussed on Child, Early and Forced Marriage.


  • Mirriam Michelo, survivor of child marriage, young woman from the YWCA of Zambia.
  • Adwoa Kufuor, Human Rights Officer at the Women’s Rights and Gender Division, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Facilitator: Marie-Claude Julsaint, Global Programme Manager for Violence against Women, World YWCA.

Download: Event Flyer

Special Diner with CEDAW member on 24 February 2014

A special diner, jointly organized by the World YWCA and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women Geneva, took place on 24 February 2014 at the Warwick Hotel, Geneva on

Universal Application of CEDAW and Beijing+20 Review 

Download: Invitation




UN Women Executive Director meets with NGO CSW Geneva members – 15 January 2014

“We have to think of a very bold goal – one that can be destiny changing.”

Un Women Executive Director, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the post-2015 agenda

After concluding a two-day conference in Geneva to support women’s participation and voice in the Syrian peace process, and before flying off to London for another pressing engagement, UN Women Executive Director, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, met with members of NGO CSW Geneva on 15 January for a first encounter and open dialogue.

Read  the full report on this meeting, kindly shared by NGO SCW Geneva member FAWCO

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Geneva NGO Forum – Beijing+20 UN ECE Regional Review – 3-5 November 2014

For information and Registration, see dedicated website : 

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2013 – Public Gathering in Geneva

Many NGO CSW Geneva members joined  the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF), the leader of the white ribbon campaign in Switzerland ( and the organizer of a public gathering in the center of Geneva on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This day also launches the campaign of “16 Days for the Elimination of Violence against Women”, that will end on 10 December, the International Day for Human Rights.


See also:

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This event also saw the launch of the NGO CSW Geneva’s 1st issue of its Advocacy Brief series on Violence against Women, which focus on sexual violence.




Occupy UNOG!

278 members from Zonta International (nicknamed “Zontiennes”) gathered in the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 21 March for a side-event on “Women in the labour market, Strategy for equality between women and men”. An an expected result:  “women occupy UNOG” !


NGO CSW Geneva President awarded the Minerva Award 2012

NGO CSW Geneva President and World YWCA General Secretary, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda was awarded the International Minerva Award on November 27 2012 in Roma, Italy.

Nyaradzayi Gumbodzwanda with Simone Ovart (ZONTA)

Established in 1983 by Anna Maria Mammoliti, President of Il Club delle Donne, the Minerva award is given annually to remarkable women working in the fields of entrepreneurship and management, scientific research, arts, literature and social commitment. Nyaradzayi received the award under the category “Women in the world” in recognition of her more than 20 years of work and commitment for the civil and human rights of women.

“I dedicate this award to the millions of invisible heroines who are changing lives and changing communities as well as to my YWCA family”, said Nyaradzayi during the ceremony. “It is our roots that define our being. It is possible for rural girls, with experiences just like mine, growing up in poverty and in war, to have opportunities in life. This is only possible if our governments, and all of you, dare to give priority to peace, development and human rights”.


Committee President Conchita Poncini passed away

Dear colleagues and friends of Conchita,

It is with great sadness that I am writing to you with the news of the passing of Conchita last Friday morning. I’ve only just heard the news today.

We’ve all been amazed by Conchita’s unwavering commitment to her principles and vision for the empowerment and dignity of all women-  while enduring such a tremendous suffering over the recent months. I often thought when I saw her continued determination throughout her illness- and genuine concern that no opportunity be lost, “could I do that?”.  I do not know, but seeing her courage has touched me deeply.

So many have been enriched by her knowledge and so impressed and encouraged by her life- and this will live on.  I can say that I really love her and many share that sentiment with me.   She has been a great mentor, model and partner, as she always closed her letters “yours in solidarity”. Her vigilant presence will be greatly missed at the United Nations and many, many other circles and I would propose that we could honor her memory in some meaningful way and continue to build upon her good work.

Conchita’s son Albert, has sent a mail, which some of you may have already seen, but which I am copying here.

Our family, Conchita’s sons, grandchildren and daughters-in-law are deeply saddened to inform you that Conchita Jimenez-Poncini has left us today, Friday May 13th 2011, after a long struggle against cancer. She fought this sickness with courage and dignity. She left peacefully this morning, her family beside her. We will miss her love, kindness and generosity. Our world is now very different without her.

Her funeral will be held at the Catholic Church of Troinex, Geneva, on Wednesday May 18th, 2011 at 14h30.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
– Albert & Julie, Alexandra, Sebastien, Louise
– Richard & Laurence, Mélanie


Very sincerely,

Carolyn Handschin


Bineta Diop, convener of the WG on Women Peace and Security, named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine

TIME named Ms. Bineta Diop, Founder and Executive Director of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and Convener of the Working Group on Women , PEace and Security, to the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Ms. Diop of Senegal has led numerous peacebuilding initiatives in Africa with a focus on the protection of women during armed conflicts and their inclusion in peace processes.

See FAS press release  here


Letter from the Committee to UN Women Michelle Bachelet

As decided in the last general meeting, a letter to Michelle Bachelet was written by Conchita Poncini, NGO CSW Geneva President, on February 15.

This letter was handed it to her personally in New York by Simone Ovart, Vice-President.

It can be downloaded here : NGO CSW Geneva letter to Michelle Bachelet february 2011