57th session of the CSW

Organisers and panellists of the CSW event. (Photo: ARC International)

The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place at the UN in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013. A Priority Theme was the “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”.

ARC’s Co-director, Kim Vance, spoke during a parallel event on “Killings and Violence against Women based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” and co-organized the event with COC Netherlands, AWID, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Transgender Europe, Human Rights Watch, Astraea, and the CWGL.

ARC also co-sponsored with IGLHRC an event to provide a unique opportunity to articulate specific LBT women’s input into the unfolding Human Rights Council regional meetings processes leading to the Oslo conference. An Envisioning project video crew from Canada and Saint Lucia was also present to film these events and record individual interviews with a number of human rights defenders.

ARC also participated in LBT Caucus meetings following SOGI and sexual rights language proposed in the agreed conclusions, and joined a statement from the caucus delivered during general discussion at the CSW by Noelene Nabulivou, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, Fiji. The statement was endorsed by 89 organisations from 48 countries.
Noelene’s presentation is available on YouTube:

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