Geneva, 11 April 2018:
From 12 to 23 March 2018 representatives from national human rights
institutions (NHRIs) from all regions as well as from the Global Alliance of
National Huma Rights Institutions (GANHRI) and the Asia Pacific Forum of NHRIs
(APF) participated in the 62nd session of the UN Commission on theStatus of Women (CSW) in New York, showcasing how their work contributes to
protecting the rights of women and girls in rural areas.
GANHRI and several of
its were invited by the Bureau of the CSW to present their work and experiences
at the CSW high level interactive dialogue on “Accelerating implementation of
the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and achieving concrete results
NHRIs also held
side-events on the priority theme of session, “Challenges and opportunities in
achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”.
As part of its
advocacy efforts to increase the visibility of its members’ work at the
international level GANHRI had published a report on the role of NHRIs in
promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in rural
areas. The report documents how NHRIs by applying their unique mandates and
functions under the UN Paris Principles can contribute to removing barriers
that hinder women and girls from exercising their human rights. The report also
identifies the variety of challenges that women and girls in rural areas face, including
lack of participation in decision-making processes; accessing affordable public
services; violence and other harmful practices; income security and social
protection; and protection of land rights and access to productive resources.
independent participation rights at CSW, representatives of GANHRI and APF also
attended a number of high-level bilateral meetings to advocate for specific
language in the CSW Agreed Conclusions formalizing such independent
participation rights in line with resolutions of the UN General Assembly (A/RES/70/163
While several other UN
mechanisms such as the Human Rights Council or the Open-Ended Working Group on
Ageing have already established modalities for independent participation rights
of NHRIs and their networks, CSW has yet to follow suit in order to maximize
the use it can make of the unique and significant contributions that NHRIs can
offer at all stages of its works.
The Agreed Conclusions
adopted at the outcome of CSW 62 encourage the CSW Secretariat to “continue its consideration of how to enhance the
participation, including at the sixty-third session of the Commission, of
national human rights institutions that are fully compliant with the principles
relating to the status of national institutions for the promotion and
protection of human rights (Paris Principles), where they exist, in compliance
with the rules of procedure of the Economic and Social Council”.