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UN Human Rights Council
4th Session • 12 March - 5 April 2007

* Statement by Charlotte Bunch, Executive Director: Item: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women
* CWGL helped to spearhead an effort to integrate gender and women's human rights into the work of the Human Rights Council. With Human Rights Watch, and now over 130 other groups, CWGL is calling for the Council to address gender in its agenda setting, the universal periodic review, which reviews States human rights records, and in work of the Special Procedures, including Special Rapporteurs and working groups. Since the Council's Working Groups are meeting now and in coming months, it is a crucial time to have input into their deliberations. To see the one page briefing paper on Integrating the Human Rights of Women into the Human Rights Council and the list of signatories, click here.
* CWGL co-sponsored the following joint statement in support of the annual report and mandate of the Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders at the Human Rights Council on March 29, in Geneva. The oral intervention welcomes the focus in the report on "defenders at particular risk," and highlights women human rights defenders, as well as LGBT and HIV/AIDS activists. In addition to CWGL, the statement was endorsed by Development Alternatives With Women for a New Era, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development: Statement in Related Debate: Human Rights Defenders

CWGL Co-Sponsored Activities

* WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2007 (12-2pm) Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva: Intersections Between Culture and Violence Against Women: Connections and Strategies Forward, sponsored by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), with Yakin Ertürk, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women; Charlotte Bunch, CWGL; Madhu Mehra, APWLD; and moderated by Heisoo Shin (CEDAW Committee Member) Flyer
* THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007 (2:30-4:30pm), Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva: Integrating Human Rights of Women into the Human Rights Council, sponsored by the International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, Human Rights Watch (HRW), CWGL, APWLD, and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), with Charlotte Bunch, CWGL; Susana Fried, Independent Consultant; Tulika Srivastava, IWRAW Asia Pacific; Madhu Mehra, APWLD; and Marianne Mollmann, HRW Flyer
* THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007 (4:30-6pm), Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva: Intersecting Human Rights Crises: HIV/AIDS and Violence Against Women and Girls, sponsored by CWGL and ActionAid International, with Yakin Ertürk, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women; Cynthia Rothschild, CWGL; and Susana Fried, Independent Consultant in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights Flyer
* TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2007 (9-11am), Location – TBD: Women Human Rights Defenders Event
* WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2007 (2-4pm), Room 12, Palais des Nations, Geneva: Negotiating Culture: Intersections between Culture and Women's Human Rights, sponsored by APWLD, OMCT and CWGL, with Doudou Diène, UN Special Rapporteur on Racism; Hina Jilani, Special Representative of the UNSG on Human Rights Defenders; Madeline Rees, Head of Women's Rights and Gender Unit, OHCHR; Madhu Mehra, APWLD; Mariana Duarte, OMCT; Cynthia Rothschild, CWGL; Magdalena Sepúlveda, International Council of Human Rights Policy; Ariane Brunet, Rights and Democracy Flyer

Other Events

* FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2007 (1:15-2:45pm), Location – TBD: State Responsibility and the Secretary General’s Report, sponsored by the Canadian government, with Yakin Ertürk, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women; Charlotte Bunch, CWGL; Marianne Mollman, Women's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch; Megan Bastick, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); Ineke Boerefijn, Centre for Gender and Diversity, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands; Melinda Ching, Women's Rights and Gender Unit, OHCHR
* MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2007 (1-3pm), Location – TBD: Yogyakarta Principles: the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
* WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2007 (1-3pm), Location – TBD: The Yogyakarta Principles in Action: the application of the Yogyakarta Principles on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to human rights situations in regions around the world


* The official website for the 4th Session of the HRC: http://www.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/4session/index.htm
* A/HRC/4/34 Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (Ms. Yakin Ertürk) http://www.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/4session/reports.htm
* A/HRC/4/37 Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders, (Ms. Hina Jilani) http://www.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/4session/reports.htm

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