A delegation of Syrian women’s rights activists traveled to Geneva on the occasion of the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council to emphasize that political participation of women is a cornerstone of peace and democracy-building.
In the frame of the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Euromed Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI organized a lobby trip in Geneva for a delegation of Syrian women rights activists. The purpose of the trip, which took place from 17 to 19 September 2018, was to create a platform of dialogue with different stakeholders and decision-makers in order to lobby for prioritizing women’s rights and gender equality in the drafting process of the Syrian constitution and ensure women’s political participation.
The delegation met with various UN bodies and international organisations to discuss how to ensure equal participation of women in the transition and peace processes, as well as their protection in law and in practice. The Syrian women rights activists also provided updates and shared their analyses on the situation in Syria.
The delegation attended the side event "Cycle of Gender based violence" organised by Euromed Feminist Initiative, in partnership with Legal Action Worldwide (LAW), the Coalition of Syrian Women for Democracy (CSWD) and Women’s UN Report Network (WUNRN). The four panellists discussed how to reverse the cycle of impunity for penetrators of gender based violence and better ensure justice for victims and survivors of violations and abuses.
(Right) Lilian Halls-French, Co-President of Euromed Feminist Initiative, opening the side event “Cycle of Gender Based Violence”; (Left) Antonia Mulvey, Executive Director of Legal Action Worldwide.
This lobby trip was also an opportunity for the delegation to attend the Human Rights Council Sessions and see how civil society organisations can participate in the sessions and raise important issues such as gender based violence and women political participation.