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ACTION PLAN of IAW’s Human Rights Representatives at UN Geneva

We are willing to further deepen our commitment to promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls globally through our work at the UN in Geneva.

Against the background that we want to take our work on a new level, that we want to focus our work even more on the needs of the member organizations of the IAW, that we want to distribute the tasks in the team and that we want to strengthen our cooperation and team spirit, we have developed and adopted the following action plan:

Our main goal

«We monitor and report to IAW on human rights activities at UN Geneva. We provide advocacy.»

Our target groups

are both IAW’s member organizations and individual women and girls in all their diversity.

We will monitor and report on the following entities:

Regular and Special Sessions of the Human Rights Council, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Committee on the Rights of the Child, NGO CSW UN Geneva

When distributing the work within the team, we respect personal resources.

We have established the following working methods

  • Every representative makes a selection regarding the information she will share in the report.

  • In making this selection, we have our member organizations in mind on the one hand and what we personally consider important on the other.
  • Being present in person at meetings in Geneva is part of our working method. The IAW representatives meet at least once a year on site at the UN in Geneva.
  • The individual reports are sent to the main representative. They form the basis for the annual report to the IAW. The main representative is responsible for the final edit of the annual report.

IAW’s Human Rights Team at UN Geneva (updated July 2023):

Main Representative: Dr Sibylle von Heydebrand

Additional Representatives: LL.M., Mlaw Derya Akinci Briand, Dr Laoura Alipranti, Sanja Jeraj, Simge Simsek

Ex officio Representatives: Alison Brown (President) and  Miranda Ruzario (Secretary General)