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‘20 years of the Declaration: Looking Back and Looking Forward’

Exploring best practices and challenges to protect women from enforced disappearance and its impact

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, will host an event on women affected by enforced disappearances to mark the 20th anniversary of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, in Geneva on 30 and 31 October 2012.

This event will provide a valuable opportunity to discuss enforced disappearances from a gender perspective, in particular its impact on the promotion and protection of women’s rights. The event will bring together international experts on enforced disappearances and women’s rights; those who have been affected by enforced disappearances; representatives of civil society organisations working closely with the victims of enforced disappearances and their families, Government representatives, national human rights institutions and regional human rights organizations.

The anniversary event

This anniversary event will serve as a platform to explore best practices and challenges to protect women from enforced disappearance and its impact. It will also provide an opportunity to continue the discussion on this issue initiated during the expert meeting on ‘Gendered Impacts of Enforced Disappearance’, which was held in Addis from 17 to 19 April 2012.

The anniversary event will consist of a one-day thematic discussion (30 October) followed by a half-day open dialogue between the Working Group and representatives of States (31 October) to mark the 20th anniversary of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Interpretation will be provided in English, French and Spanish.

Date and venue

The event will take place in Geneva at Palais des Nations, Room XVII on Tuesday 30 October 2012 from 10h00 to 13h00 and from 15h00 to 18h00; and Wednesday 31 October 2012 from 10h00 to 13h00.

Documents

  • Concept Note
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  • Programme
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Contact:

wgeid@ohchr.org