IACHR 165 Ordinary Period of Sessions

The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (“OAS”) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere.

Hearings will be held on matters involving all OAS countries.

IACHR 164 Extraordinary Period of Sessions

The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (“OAS”) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere.

Hearings at this session will be held on matters involving Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, United States, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

High-Level Political Forum 2017

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2017 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Monday, 10 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 17 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017.

The theme will be “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world“. The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year:

  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

In 2017, 44 countries have volunteered to present their national voluntary reviews to the HLPF.

36th Session of the Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.

SRI is hiring an Advocacy Advisor

The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) is hiring an Advocacy Advisor who will report to the Senior Representative of the SRI to the UN in Geneva.

Candidate Profile (Excerpt)

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in legal and policy analysis and advocacy on human rights, including reproductive and sexual rights issues
  • A degree in a related field such as: Human Rights; Political Science; Law; International Development; Public Health and Health Policy (an advanced degree would be considered an asset)
  • Strong knowledge of global and regional human rights mechanisms and instruments.
  • Knowledge of international agreements relevant to sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Knowledge of relevant international organizations especially the United Nations and its specialized agencies
  • Strong understanding of and demonstrated commitment to reproductive and sexual rights and health
  • Experience working with government officials, particulary diplomats and foreign ministry officials
  • Preference will be given to applications from the Global South

Responsibilities (Excerpt)

  • Monitor events, developments and initiatives within the Geneva UN Human Rights mechanisms
  • Develop working relations and promote collaboration with UN agencies and other NGOs
  • support SRI’s work at the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review mechanism, the Treaty Monitoring Bodies, and Special Procedures
  • Serve as a secondary contact point for the SRI in Geneva
  • Assist with the design, planning and running of events in Geneva

To apply, please send cover letter, CV and 3 references to jobs@srigeneva.com with subject line “SRI Advocacy Advisor Application” by close of business on Tuesday 18 April, 2017.

For the detailed job description visit Sexual Rights Initiative.


International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia: A Worldwide Celebration of Sexual and Gender Diversities

IDAHOT 2017 will Focus on Families.  This focus includes both

  • The role of families in the well-being of their LGBTIQ members
  • The respect of the rights of LGBTIQ families (rainbow families)

We also of course want to use this focus issue to counter the reclaiming of family values by conservatives.

  • We hope that this focus issue on families will
  • Strengthen the visibility and voice of LGBTIQ parents
  • Strengthen the visibility and voice of Rainbow families and lead to advances in recognition and rights
  • Strengthen the visibility and voice of children of LGBTIQ parents, and possibly strengthen the structuring of their nascent movement
  • Reclaim “family values” in a progressive understanding
  • Facilitate alliances with progressive family organisations

Given the proximity in dates and values of the  International Family Equality Day (IFED), early May, we have taken the very natural and exciting decision to combine IFED and IDAHOT in 2017.
The IDAHOT will of course remain open to any other initiatives, either around other aspects related to Families, or on other issues. As always, the focus issue constitutes a possible entry point for mobilisation, advocacy and alliance building, but only if this is relevant for each stakeholder.

Read more about the issue and how to take action

Join the conversation on Twitter: #IDAHOT #IFED2017

CSW61: Our Human Rights Under Threat: Strategizing Together (private event)

During CSW61 the Observatory on the Universality of Rights will be holding a private event on March 16th at 6-8pm.

The event will launch the findings of the first OURs periodic human rights trends report.  It also aims to open up a strategic conversation on mobilization amongst WHRDs worldwide to counter the co-optation and blocking of human rights related to gender and sexuality.

This event is a private event.  If you are interested to attend please email ours@awid.org


CSW61: Reclaiming the Universality of Rights: Gender, Economic Justice and Anti-Rights Threats

An OURs event during CSW61, Wednesday 15th March 2017, 4:30pm

Reclaiming the Universality of Rights: Gender, Economic Justice and Anti-Rights Threats

Rising (mis)use of religion, culture, tradition, and nationalism to justify discrimination in many areas around the world is having disastrous consequences for gender justice and women’s economic rights and empowerment.

Anti-human rights actors employing these arguments increasingly undermine women’s rights, including their rights to work and rights related to gender and sexuality. Through their attempts to control women’s bodies and autonomy, they propagate gendered restrictions on employment, restrict pathways to employment, and fuel gender stereotypes that undermine women’s access to work and justify violence in the workplace.

This event will highlight the findings of the first trends report from the Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) initiative regarding regressive trends and actors on our human rights norms and systems and open up a critical reflection on the tactics, discourses, strategies and increasing impact of ultra-conservative actors to undermine the universality and indivisibility of our human rights standards. This event will then examine and discuss the strategic opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for gender justice movements.

Watch the Facebook live stream

Join the conversation on Twitter #RightsAreUniversal

CSW61: Achieving SRHR can ensure women’s economic empowerment and rights

The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) and its partners invite you to a CSW 61 Parallel Event.

Achieving SRHR can ensure women’s economic empowerment and rights.

Date and time: Thursday, 16 March 2017 at 2.30pm

Venue: Armenian Cultural Center, Guild Hall, 630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Speakers include:

  • Mangala Namasivayam, Moderator and Azra Abdul Cader, presenter, ARROW, Malaysia
  • Dr. Junice Melgar, Director and Co-Founder, Likhaan, Philippines
  • Baishali Chatterjee, International Project Manager, Young Urban Women: Life Choices and Livelihoods Project, ActionAid International
  • Shantha Shrestra, Chairperson, Beyond Beijing Committee, Nepal