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.

Geneva Centre participates in the Annual Conference of the White Ribbon Campaign Switzerland

On 8th December 2015, the White Ribbon Campaign Switzerland (Ruban Blanc – Campagne Suisse) on raising awareness on violence against women held its Annual Conference on the theme “Creating an idea whose time has come  – the elimination of violence against women and girls” (“Créer une idée dont le temps est venu – l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes”). The Geneva Centre, represented by Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, Executive Director a.i. and Swiss White Ribbon Ambassador, was invited to join the conference and contribute to the discussion.

Geneva Centre co-convenes side-event during Beijing+20 Geneva NGO Forum

To mark the 20th anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women “Action for Equality, Development and Peace” (Beijing, 1995), which will be commemorated on the occasion of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, a UN Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) review meeting took place on 6th and 7th November in Geneva. The meeting addressed key areas of progress and challenges concerning the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the UN ECE member States, and discussed ways to strengthen gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda.

“Women’s Rights are Human Rights”: Dr Pierre Sob Lectures at the Geneva Centre

Dr Pierre Sob, an Advisor on Gender Integration at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, lectures on the massive and systematic discrimination faced by women all over the world, and reflects that there is much work to be done — both legislatively and in terms of cultural norms – before we can speak about gender equality as a reality on the ground.

Geneva Centre Graduate Reem Ahmed Alhasani: “Some people in the UAE don’t know what their rights are, and there is a lot to be done”

“No one in my family has ever worked in diplomacy or human rights; my father is a policeman and most of my family work for petrol companies. I am the first one to want to do something different. My brothers are studying, one of them is in Germany, but they are interested in the private sector while I would like to do something for the public.”