The United Nations Office in Geneva is the second biggest UN Centre, after New York, and is a focal point for multilateral diplomacy, human rights, and peace and security. The UN’s Human Rights Council and its human rights review mechanisms, including Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and the UN’s Refugee Agency are based in Geneva. For SI’s UN Representatives in Geneva, these human rights mechanisms provide a critical opportunity to provide recommendations to governments to ensure that actions are taken to promote gender equality and women’s and girls’ access to their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
SI UN Representatives to the UN in Geneva are Wifrida Hendrickx, Sina Stiffler and Sabine Kinzer. The thematic areas that SI’s UN Representatives focus on in Geneva include human rights, education, and ageing. Sabine Kinzer is a member of the NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva.