panelThe 64th session of the Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has just started and one critical issue is to ensure that these international rights are implemented at the national and local level.

Faith based organisations play an important role in realising women’s human rights and have close links to local communities. Therefore, the World YWCA is organising a training on women’s human rights advocacy for faith-based organisations, together with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Church of Sweden, Finn church aid, Mission 21 and Swiss peace. The training takes place on on 4-9 July in Geneva, in parallel with the 64th CEDAW session.

During the training, the community leaders meet CEDAW experts, take part of the CEDAW review and participate in a number of interactive sessions, to get the tools to design their own advocacy campaigns on a grass root level.

The World YWCA is leading several sessions on the topic of SRHR responses by faith-based organisations,  and are represented in sessions “Faith-based organisations responding to gender-based violence and women’s human rights challenges”, and “Culture, Faith and tradition: a dangerous mix?”. On July 6, we hosted a lunch for the participants of the CEDAW training and members of the CEDAW committee at the World YWCA headquarters. The World YWCA is also hosting three interns from Myanmar, Nepal and Mozambique who get the occasion to join the CEDAW training, including official sessions at the UN, and to share the content of their work with participants.