Expert Workshop on the best practises to promote women’s equal nationality rights in law and in practice, 16 May 2017

Palais des Nations, Room XVI,

In July 2016, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 32/7 on the right to a nationality: women’s equal nationality rights in law and in practice. The resolution requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in coordination with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to organize, prior to the 36th of the Human Rights Council, a half-day expert workshop to showcase best practices to promote women’s equal nationality rights in law and in practice, including the ability of women to confer their nationality on their spouse and to prepare a summary report on the above-mentioned workshop, including any recommendations stemming therefrom, and to submit it to the Human Rights Council at its 36th session.

The discussion at and recommendations resulting from the workshop will build on the obligations undertaken by States under international human rights treaties they have ratified, including every child’s right to acquire a nationality without discrimination as to sex, as well commitments made by States under the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with regard to, gender equality, legal identity, and the our vision to “leave no one behind.” It will also build on the analysis provided by the OHCHR report on discrimination against women on nationality-related matters, including the impact on children (A/HRC/23/23) in 2013 and the General Recommendation No. 32 (2014) of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the gender-related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness of women. The discussion will also be informed by efforts being taken by the international community to achieve the goals of global campaigns, such as UNHCR’s IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024 (#IBELONG) and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights by an international coalition of organizations concerned by this issue and the momentum created by such campaigns.

This half-day workshop will be held on 16 May 2017, from 10:00 to 13:00 in Room XVI of the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The High Commissioner encourages States, relevant United Nations bodies, funds and programmes, intergovernmental organizations, treaty bodies, special procedures, regional human rights mechanisms, civil society organizations, academia, national human rights institutions and other relevant stakeholders to participate actively in the workshop. For interested parties without UN accreditation, please fill in an accreditation form available from: and send it by email to in order to be registered for the event. For those who cannot travel to Geneva, the workshop can be listened in by calling: +41 (0)22 917 09 01, and selecting conference room XVI and choosing the language you wish to listen to.

Should you wish to submit written information or question to be shared at the workshop, they can be sent to by 14 May 2017 and they will be uploaded on this website.