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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

International Conference to end FGM – From Goals to Action on FGM: Working Together to Bridge Gaps – on 10-11 May 2016

Flyer - FGM Conference IAC May 2016The NGO CSW Geneva is happy to support this 2 day conference organized on 10-11 May by one of its member the Inter-African Committee.

The conference is structured around the following:

  • Best practices against FGM
  • Legal frameworks, policies & action: Stock-taking & Gaps
  • Research, data and advocacy
  • Strengthening partnerships and stakeholder networking
  • Challenges to ending FGM incl. in diaspora:political, socio–economic and religious factors
  • Call to Action & Way forward

Continue reading ‘International Conference to end FGM – From Goals to Action on FGM: Working Together to Bridge Gaps – on 10-11 May 2016’ »

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

International Day on Zero Tolerance to FGM – 6 February 2014

On the international day on zero tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the NGO CSW Geneva has sponsored an event organized by the Inter African Committee on

Synergy of actions by governments, the international community and civil society to accelerate the achievement of zero tolerance to FGM.


  • H.E. Jean-Marie Ehouzou, permanent observer of the AFRICAN UNION
  • H:E. Steffen Kongstad, permanent representative of Norway
  • H.E. Fodé Seck, permanent representative of Senegal
  • H.E. Paurizio Enrico Luigi Serra, Permanent representative of Italy
  • H.e. Minelik Alemu Getahun, Permanent representetaive of Ethiopia
  • Mrs. Nyaradzayi General Secretary of World YWCA
  • Representatives of UNFPA, UNICEF, OHCHR, WHO and other international organizations based in Geneva

Moderator: Adebisi Adebayo, Inter African Committee (IAC)

See also the flyer

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:

White Ribbon Campaign CH




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.




Joint Statement on Violence against Women and Girls: RAPE IS A CRIME!

A joint statement on Violence against Women & Girls, “RAPE IS A CRIME” has been written by a group composed of representatives from Femmes Africa Solidarity (FAS), Inter African Committee (IAC), Women World’s Summit Foundation (WWSF) and World YWCA. This statement is to be delivered at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

“We, members of the NGO/CSW in Geneva, therefore call upon Governments and other stakeholders to enforce legislation to protect women, and to prevent and respond in a timely manner to cases of sexual violence including rape against women. We call for a strengthening of strategies that address gender inequalities irrespective of the circumstance or culture. We call for an end to impunity and the denial of the rights of victims. Sexual assault is not about lust and desire; it is a violent crime of power, control and dominance. We appeal to the decision makers to ensure reforms needed to protect women, ensure access to justice, end impunity and advance their rights.”

The full statement can be downloaded here.


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.

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


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.

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:


WG on Violence Against Women and Girls Report: A girl’s right to live – Female Foeticide and Girl Infanticide

The issue of girl infanticide, or the murder of children because they are female, is of growing concern in contemporary society worldwide. This violation of a girl’s basic right to life requires urgent attention and action. This report, drafted by members of the Working Group on the Girl Child (now part of the WG on Violence against Women and girls), focuses on two main areas: the right to be born (female foeticide) and the right to live (girl infanticide). The Working Group recognizes these two areas as being of particular importance in the education of the concerned societies. This report also identifies many of the root causes of girl infanticide in the private and public sphere of society, thus identifying specific actions to be taken.

This report was published and presented at the 51st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, meeting in New York from 26 February to 9 March 2007, and focusing on the “Elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child”. It is hoped that this report will serve as an educational and working tool for civil society, social entrepreneurs, other NGOs and the interfaith community to help them speak out against girl infanticide. Through this report, the Working Group also calls upon governments to get more involved in developing and promoting effective policies to bring an end to the girls’ human rights violation of girl infanticide, everywhere in the world.

Report “A girl’s right to live” for download