How it works: connecting the local level with the United Nations system
The Human Rights programme in Geneva focuses on the active participation of WILPF in the UN Human Rights mechanisms, most important of which are the triennial Human Rights Council sessions and their related UPR sessions.
Furthermore, WILPF participates in several Treaty Body sessions, such as those of CEDAW and CERD, Working Groups, meetings with Special Representatives and other Human Rights instruments.
The Human Rights Programme works closely with all the other WILPF programmes: PeaceWomen, Reaching Critical Will, Crisis Response, as well as with our National Sections, to use theme-specific or country-specific information and analyse it from a human rights approach. We bring social justice, disarmament and Women, Peace and Security issues to the human rights bodies so that they can address both the root causes of conflicts and their consequences in terms of human rights violations.
Crucial to the realisation of the integrated approach is the capacity of civil society to translate what is occurring in countries into human rights terms and to ensure that what is actually being experienced or observed can be addressed to the appropriate body so that there can be timely and effective response. Equally important is the access to the key mechanisms, and the monitoring of policy developments. The capacity to connect the local to the global is critical to achieving this integrated approach.
The input of information into the various monitoring and reporting bodies must accurately reflect the realities of people’s lives. It is principally important that a gender dimension is at the centre of the human rights analysis and that it is used to transform the understanding of, and approach to security.
At the Human Rights Programme in Geneva, we have human rights experts who provide information on reporting, give direct assistance and input into reports to the United Nations mechanisms and undertake advocacy.
- From local actors to human rights bodies: WILPF regularly reports and provides first hand information from the countries where it has National Sections and partners. The Human Rights Programme assists sections in their reporting and advocacy work to human rights bodies. Our analysis typically evolves around the topics of peace and security, gender, disarmament, arm production and prevention of conflict.
- From human rights bodies to local actors: the Human Rights Programme is in constant communication with our National Sections and partners to ensure they are updated on the relevant events taking place within the human rights bodies
- Awareness-raising: WILPF widely and constantly shares our analysis of the work within human rights bodies. This analysis is carried out by the Human Rights Programme in collaboration with our National Sections and other programmes. The analysis integrates social justice, disarmament and peace and security as essential factors to reach human rights.