The Advancement of the Status of Women in the Arab World 2

Women’s rights and gender equality have been at the heart of the international agenda over the past few years. This intensification of the movement for women’s rights has been driven, in part, by the anniversaries of some of the core international instruments on gender. As such, 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the road map for gender equality for the past two decades. The year 2015 also marked the 15th Anniversary and the Global Review of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the main UN resolution dealing with women’s participation in peace and security and their protection from violence during conflict. These processes coincided with the elaboration of the new global development agenda and Sustainable Developments Goals, placing gender equality at the core of concerns for the next 15 years, through SDG 5.

The Geneva Centre joins the worldwide celebration of the International Women’s Day

Emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the 20th century, International Women’s Day is marked around the world on the 8th of March as a day of celebration of women, their rights, and the achievements on the road towards gender equality. This day is also, most importantly, an occasion to continue to show firm support for, and reaffirm the need for, the promotion and protection of women’s rights, and their full participation in the political and economic arenas worldwide.

Geneva Centre hosts Panel Discussion on Migration

In order to mark the 2015 Human Rights Day and International Migrants Day, the Geneva Centre, in collaboration with Union des Nations pour l’Enseignement, la Science Universelle et les Droits de l’Homme, hosted a panel discussion on the migrant crisis currently affecting the Mediterranean region and the European continent more generally. The panel discussion, entitled The Current Migrant Crisis: an Aftermath of the Arab Spring?, took place on 11th December 2015, from 10:00 to 13:00, at Palais des Nations.

The Geneva Centre participates in the Forum on Religion and Peacebuilding

On 20th November 2015, within the context of the Geneva Peace Week, the Freedom of Religion International Center (FRICE) and Association Miraisme International organized a Forum on Religion and Peacebuilding. The Geneva Centre, represented by Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, Executive Director a. i., was invited to join the discussion.  Among the other panellists were: Mr. Enrique Montes, President of Association Miraisme International; Prof. Kevin Clements, Chair and Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago; Mr. Carlos A. Baena, Former Senator in Colombia and founder of FRICE); Prof. Khinder Domle, Media Director of University of Duhok; Dr. Paolo Lorenzo Gamba, Former Counsellor EU Commission on faith-based organizations; and Dr. Michael Mutzner, Permanent Representative of the World Evangelical Alliance.

Geneva Centre holds “Pianists for Peace” Concert

To mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the International Day of Peace, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue hosted a peace concert entitled “Pianists for Peace”, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations Office and other international organizations as well as with the UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva.

Geneva Centre calls upon the international community to provide concerted responses to migration issues

The heartbreaking images of a Turkish gendarme cradling in his arms the lifeless body of a three-year old boy on a beach near a resort of Bodrum, on September 2nd, spread all around the world, arousing the concern of the international community. The young boy, whose brother and mother encountered the same bitter fate, was a Syrian migrant trying to escape, with his family, the imposed totalitarianism of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”. According to Turkish officials, 12 people died after two boats carrying a total of 23 people, of whom he was part, capsized after setting off from the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula.

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