DAWN has been engaging with a Southern feminist perspective in the Human Rights Council (HRC) to contribute to the expanding of the policy space for incorporating gender perspectives into the diverse and interrelated human development and human rights themes. The network had been present during the sessions of the HRC and in so doing had come to work closely with key human rights and sexuality rights groups. The debates around sexual rights and sexuality have evolved and changed substantially over the last decades. Women and feminists have joined other sexual rights-related social movements to produce substantive analysis on specific sexuality related themes and policies. This process was positive because it provided the opportunity for specific social movements to get empowered and their analyses strengthened (for example, Gays, Lesbians and bisexuals, transgender and intersex people, women’s groups, young people, sex workers, HIV/AIDS groups, among others). However, there remains the need to strengthen dialogues among sexual rights advocates and even within the SRHR movements to capture diverse and multiple areas and dynamics.

Together with other groups that are also engaged in UN negotiations and processes, DAWN had formed an informal gender caucus in the HRC. Through Angela Collet, the network actively works with the caucus in pushing for the integration of a gender perspective throughout the work of the Council, including its Special Procedures. Other areas of the HRC in which DAWN is engaged that demand gender analyses, include special mandates on critical ecological concerns such as toxic and dangerous products and wastes; the right to food; access to safe drinking water and sanitation. DAWN believes that the Council can effectively contribute toward illuminating the linkages between the devastating health and livelihood effects of environmental degradation, the increasing impoverishment of women, and human rights violations worldwide.

07 Jul 2014

The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted, through a vote, a historic and significant resolution to start a process for an international legally instrument on transnational corporations. Officially entitled “Elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with respect to Human Rights” (A/HRC/26/L.22) the resolution was adopted on 26 June at the 26th session of the HRC.

25 Jun 2014

26º Período de sesiones del Consejo de Derechos Humanos Debate sobre el Informe de la Relatora Especial sobre la extrema pobreza y los derechos humanos sobre política fiscal A/HRC/26/

25 Jun 2014

Statement by Nicole Bidegain Ponte, Development Alternatives with Women for a New era (DAWN) for the Righting Finance and Action Aid side event at the 26th Session of the Human Right Council

23 Jun 2014

In too many countries, we face severe human right violations - we are criminalized including under colonial-era laws, we face the death penalty, we are murdered, lesbians are subject to rape and forced marriage; intersex people face genetic de-selection, infanticide, coerced sterilization and genital mutilation; transgender persons are demeaned and beaten, subjected to pathologisation and sterilization, their identities often unrecognized by States.

19 Jun 2014

26th Session of the Human Right Council Debate on Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights report on fiscal policy A/HRC/26/28. Statement presented by Nicole Bidegain, DAWN on behalf of the Righting Finance at the 26th Session of the Human Right Council

06 Jun 2014

DAWN's Nicole Bidegain was a panelist at the "Grounding Tax policies on Human Rights Law" Side Event that was held on 10th June at the Palais des Nations, Room IX
Nicole Bidegain de DAWN fue panelista en el evento paralelo sobre "Basar las políticas impositivas en las normas de derechos humanos" llevado a cabo el 10 de junio

25 Apr 2014

Speaking at a recent United Nations financing for development meeting, human rights organizations argued human rights should inform commitments to finance the new development agenda.

The High Level Dialogue of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization and UNCTAD is held every year and it is one of the follow up tracks for the Financing for Development Conference. This year’s edition, held on April 14-15, 2014, took place at a significant juncture. Governments are deliberating on the features of a new generation of development goals that, as part of the “post-2015 development agenda,” will replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. Commitments to financing the new goals are expected to play an important role in those negotiations. At the same time, governments are in negotiations to define when the Third International Conference on Financing for Development will be held.

24 Mar 2014

NEW YORK—After two weeks of intense negotiations, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended early Saturday morning with a strong call to prioritize gender equality and the human rights of women in order to achieve sustainable development.

15 Jan 2014

GENEVA (14 January 2014) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday expressed her alarm at a “draconian” new law in Nigeria that criminalizes same-sex unions, saying it violates a wide range of human rights

23 Dec 2013

DAWN calls for urgent and strongest international action to ensure that Nigerian and Ugandan Bills are not signed into law. We also express condemnation of the India Supreme Court ruling that upheld Sec#377 despite earlier repeal in 2009.

Please also see videos by ARC International on the related links, for more information on advances in sexual rights globally and ways to ensure that this is part of all gender equality, human rights and sustainable development agendas. Your voice on this issue enables human rights defenders to effectively respond, and reminds all governments, the United Nations and NGOs and CSOs of long-agreed human rights commitments, and our shared agenda. All people, all rights, everywhere!


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