GANHRI ANNUAL MEETING – KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
Addressing women’s and girls’ human rights by
applying NHRIs’ mandate and functions under the Paris Principles: NHRIs’
experiences, lessons and practices
Tuesday, 5 March 2019
10 to 13 hours, Room XVIII, Palais des Nations,
institutions with a broad human rights mandate and functions in line with the
United Nations Paris Principles, NHRIs can make significant contributions to
promoting and protecting human rights of women and girls.
The United Nations
Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (The Paris
Principles) outline minimum standards for NHRIs, including a broad human rights
mandate, autonomy from government, independence, pluralism, adequate resources
and adequate powers of investigation.
NHRIs are vested with
a broad set of functions and powers which generally include research, legal and
policy advice; education and promotion; monitoring; investigating; handling
complaints; cooperating with other national, regional and international
organisations; and interacting with the judiciary.
Each of these functions can be leveraged to make distinctive and valuable contributions
to promoting and protecting women’s human rights, gender equality and the
empowerment of all women and girls.
At their 11th
International Conference held in Amman, Jordan, in 2012, NHRIs from all world regions
adopted the Amman Declaration, resolving to prioritise and mainstream women’s
human rights across their activities, with a view to establishing sustainable
interventions to achieve gender equality. To this end, the Amman Declaration
identifies a series of contributions that NHRI can have by applying their
mandate and functions to promote and protect women’s human rights and promote
gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Specifically, NHRI contributions may include:
Seven years on from
the commitments made by NHRIs at their 11th International Conference
in Amman, GANHRI’s Annual Knowledge Exchange will be an opportunity to take
stock of how NHRIs in all regions are making an impact in addressing women’s and girls’ human rights and promoting gender equality by
applying their unique mandate and functions.
The meeting will be
an opportunity to share initiatives, experiences, lessons, and collectively
identify good practices, and remaining challenges. The meeting will
bring together participants from NHRIs from all regions, and their partners
from the UN and civil society, and will also be open to Member States.
Exchange will focus specifically on:
Concept note: EN FR SPA AR
The Knowledge Exchange will be interpreted into
the four GANHRI languages Arabic, English, French and Spanish. For further
information please visit www.ganhri.org or contact the GANHRI
Geneva Representative Katharina Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org).