Geneva

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 Representatives to the UN in Geneva are Kristín Reynisdóttir (Centre Contact), Berthe De Vos and Stacy Ciulik.

The thematic areas that SI’s UN Representatives focus on in Geneva include human rights, education, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Lead Image linking page: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

What is CEDAW? And how does it work?

SI UN Representative, Berthe De Vos-Neven, provides an insiders look at the history and function of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). "CEDAW is a United Nations body which consists of 23 independent experts. These experts monitor the implementation of the Convention of

Your Voice at the UN

This month's edition focuses on the Beijing +25 Regional Review Forum held in Geneva, 28-29 October. The forum gathered together Member States and Civil Society Actors to review progress made towards achieving gender equality across the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region since the Beijing Declaration and Platform

FINANCING FOR GENDER EQUALITY

Blog by Pat Black, SI Statements Advisor following her attendance at the 'Smart Investment: financing for gender equality' side event at the Beijing +25 Regional Review Forum in Geneva, 28-29 October. "Investing in half the world’s population to see progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is a

Rural Women Entrepreneurs as Agents of Change

SI UN Representative, Kristin Reynisdottir, and SI Advocacy Coordinator, Hannah Agius, report from the ‘Rural Women Entrepreneurs as Agents of Change’ side event held on 30 October at the Beijing +25 Regional Meeting in Geneva. “Rural women entrepreneurship schemes help to harness women’s potential, increase women’s income, and improve the

Gender Equality: areas of progress vs. key obstacles

A blog by SI Advocacy Coordinator, Hannah Agius, following her first visit to the United Nations Office of Geneva for the Beijing +25 Regional Review Forum, 28-29 October. "Walking into the assembly hall for the first time was a real rush of excitement, never before had I been surrounded by

Beijing+25 – Ending Violence against Women and Girls

The Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting provided a forum for The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) member States, to review progress and identify challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Held on 29-30 October 2019 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, the event was jointly organised

UN Human Rights Council 42: Women & Addictions

SI UN Representative in Geneva, Berthe De Vos, attends the United Nations Human Rights Council 42: ‘Women and Addiction’ panel discussion, and considers the issues surrounding women and addiction and the provision of their human rights. “This debate was in collaboration with Dianova International, an NGO engaged in addiction treatment

Widows and Conflict-Related Situations

A blog by Berthe De Vos, SI UN Representative in Geneva, "Earlier this week, I attended the UN Human Rights Council 42: 'Widows and Conflict-related Situations' panel discussion moderated by Ms. Lois Herman, Managing Director WUNRN, Women’s UN Report Network. Initially, I felt saddened by the lack of interest from

100 years of the International Labour Organisation

 A blog by Berthe De Vos, SI UN Representative in Geneva, following her attendance at the International Labour Conference, 108th Session - ILO 100 - Plenary Sitting. “The International Labour Organisation (ILO), is a specialised organisation of the United Nations, which deals with labour issues and has its HQ in

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