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GANHRI members advocate for better protection of rights of women and girls in rural areas at global meeting on women’s rights


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 by 2020”.

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.

Campaigning for 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 and A/RES/72/181).

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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”. 

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