The United Nations Office in Geneva is the second largest UN Centre, after New York. It is a focal point for multilateral diplomacy, human rights, labour, peace and security. The UN’s Human Rights Council and its human rights review mechanisms are based in Geneva, including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Commission of the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the UN’s Refugee Agency, alongside the International Labour Organisation (ILO). For SI’s UN Representatives in Geneva, these human rights mechanisms offer 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, Berthe De Vos, and Stacy Ciulik. The thematic areas that SI’s UN Representatives focus on in Geneva include human rights, education, labour, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Lead Image linking page: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The Intent and Importance of the Istanbul Convention

Blog by Berthe De Vos, SI UN Representative Geneva. "All forms of violence are a clear violation of our human right. Whether we speak of crimes against women or domestic violence, prior to 2014, no European framework had set the necessary legal standards. But the need remains, as one out

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on young adults

Blog by Berthe De Vos, SI United Nations (UN) Representative in Geneva. "The global survey 'Youth & COVID-19: Impacts on jobs, education, rights and mental well-being'  carried out this year (April-May 2020), orchestrated by the Youth team in the Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch of the International Labor Office

Momentous Victory Against Violence and Harassment in the Workplace

SI UN Representative in Geneva, Berthe De Vos, brings us tremendous news from the International Labour Organisation (ILO). "Even in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are positive developments  … and this time on a problem that to this day has deprived employees of their dignity, equal opportunities, safety,

Multilateralism in the time of COVID-19

April 24 was the International Day of Multilateralism and as part of the UN75 Initiative, the United Nations Office of Geneva (UNOG) hosted a virtual conversation about ‘Multilateralism in the time of COVID-19’. The conversation featured remarks from high-level speakers from varying backgrounds of expertise. Hannah Agius, SI Advocacy Coordinator,

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


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


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