International Development Law Organization

CSW62 | Achieving Gender Parity in UN Human Rights Bodies

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

HIGH LEVEL SIDE EVENT Closing the Gender Gap: Achieving Gender Parity in UN Human Rights Bodies

This event constitutes a unique opportunity to bring together a diverse group of experts and stakeholders to discuss and elaborate on sustainable solutions to issues affecting women’s right to equality. A critical component of women’s empowerment and equality is the representation of women in international adjudicatory and monitoring bodies, such as international tribunals, international and regional human rights commissions, United Nations Treaty Bodies, United Nations Special Procedures, United Nations Groups of Experts and Commissions of Inquiry. Such bodies make important and wide-reaching decisions for society and individuals, yet women are woefully underrepresented in the vast majority of them.


11:30 - 12:45  |  Tuesday, 13 March, 2018  |  UN Conference Room D, UN Secretariat, New York, USA



The event will feature a presentation of the GQUAL Campaign and the Campaign’s Action Plan. Follwing will be a conversation with panelists on the concrete measures that need to be implemented to achieve gender parity in the UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures. Participants will discuss different measures and approaches that Member States, UN agencies, and civil society could adopt to do so.

A Questions and Answers session will follow to allow for broader stakeholder engagement.

At the conclusion of the event, participants in the side event will be invited to join the GQUAL Campaign by signing the Action Plan. Should official government signatures be confirmed, protocol will be followed to reflect the importance of these pledges.


Opening Remarks:

  • Viviana Krsticevic, Member of the GQUAL Campaign Secretariat, Moderator and introduction
  • Irene Khan, Director-General, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)


  • Ana Pelaez Narvaez, Former Member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Mamadou Tangara, Permanent Representative of Gambia to the United Nations and Chair of the African Union (March 2018)
  • Agnes S. Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Melissa Upreti, Member of the UN Human Rights Council's Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice


  • Judit Arenas, Director, External Relations, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

More information:

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This event will be streamed live via Facebook Live. More information to come. 

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  • Viviana Krsticevic, Member of the GQUAL Campaign Secretariat, Moderator and introduction
  • Irene Khan, Director-General, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)