The 31st Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

Stacy Lara, FAWCO's UN NGO Rep at the HRC in Geneva, will keep us informed via blog posts during HRC31.

Women and Their Olive Trees

Women and Their Olive Trees

Ms. Casdi, Curator of the Women and Their Olive Trees Project, with Stacy Dry Lara, FAWCO United Nations Representative, Geneva.

The Women and Their Olive Trees is an art project that brings together through art 40 women from Afula, Isreal and surrounding Arab villages. Using the olive tree as the subject, curators, brought women from different backgrounds, who have converging values, who do not share the same ways of socializing nor thinking
tocome together to connect to their homeland and to the olive tree.

 

Barbershop Conference on Gender Equality

Barbershop Conference on Gender Equality

Panelists from left to right: Ambassador Keith Harper, U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council; Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization; Iceland’s Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson; Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO); Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UNECE; Moderator Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University. (Not pictured is Ms. Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.)

Held alongside the United Nations 31st session of the Human Rights Council (HRC31) I attended an interactive and lively Barbershop Conference. During the Barbershop Conference Senior Geneva leaders spoke personally about confronting gender…

HRC31 Urges Action On Online Exploitation of Children

HRC31 Urges Action On Online Exploitation of Children

When I was a young girl Cosmopolitan magazine was as risqué as things got for me and my friends. Today the digital age has modernized communication and access to information with one of the ugliest downsides being the premature sexualization of children whose technical skills often surpass those of their parents and teachers.  Sadly, because child exploitation is often linked to criminal activity and corruption, estimating how many children are victimized is difficult to calculate yet studies show an increasing risk to children around the world.

During the 31stsession of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC31) concern was expressed in…

CEDAW on Rural Women and the SDGs

CEDAW on Rural Women and the SDGs

Along side the 31st session of the United Nations' Human Rights Council and in observance of International
Women’s Day, Tuesday 8 March, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) called for a focus on women and girls with respect to the effective implementation of the Sustainable Develpoment Goals.  

According to CEDAW, “Rural women account for a quarter of the world’s population. Several UN Conferences recognised their significant contributions to rural development, food and nutrition, as well as poverty reduction. Nevertheless, rural women continue to face challenges including systemic and persistent barriers to the full enjoyment of their rights. 

In many countries, their specific needs are…

Do Women Account for 70% of the World's Hungry? Shockingly, Yes

Do Women Account for 70% of the World's Hungry? Shockingly, Yes

Now this is a statistic that shocked and deeply disturbed me. At the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council 31st session (HRC31) in Geneva the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, reported that women account for 70 per cent of the world's hungry, and that women are disproportionately affected by malnutrition, yet they are responsible for more than half of global food production.

“Faced with discrimination on multiple levels, women’s right to access food is affected at all stages of life. Indeed women in many countries receive less food than their male partners, as a result…

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