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Published on May 18, 2013

During the 23rd Session of the Human Rights Council, the Sexual Rights Initiative is hosting a side-event entitled “Advancing sexual and reproductive rights and health in the Post-2015 development agenda: The role of the Human Rights Council.” SRI partner ACTION CANADA for Population and Development (ACPD)‘s Executive Director (speaking as a member of the High-Level Task Force for ICPD) will join panelists from the World YWCA, the Government of Uruguay and UNFPA.

Published on March 12, 2013

On March 8th, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) held its High-Level Panel on Human Rights Mainstreaming, this year choosing to focus it on the post-2015 development framework.

During that debate, Ethiopia delivered on behalf of a select cross-regional group of 24 States a joint statement to the Council stressing the importance of SRHR to the post-2015 framework.

Published on August 14, 2012

The 19th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will take place at the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, from April 28 – May 9 2014.

Fourteen countries will be reviewed during the session, including: Norway, Albania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Portugal, Bhutan, Dominica, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Costa Rica, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Qatar, and Nicaragua.

Published on August 14, 2012

The 13th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was held at the Human Rights Council from May 21-June 4 2012. This was the first UPR session of the second cycle whereby countries will be reviewed by their peers on their entire human rights record for the second time.

Published on June 28, 2012

Agenda Item 6 UPR General Debate

Joint statement of SRI & COC Netherlands

Statement delivered by Meghan Doherty, ACPD (Canada)


Thank you Madam President

We welcome the Council’s attention to women’s human rights in the UPR process, and trust that this attention will continue throughout the second cycle.

However, we urge States to be more specific in their recommendations about the laws and policies that serve to systematically discriminate against women, marginalize women and place our lives, health and wellbeing at risk.

Published on June 25, 2012

Joint Statement of SRI and COC Netherlands during the panel discussion on women’s human rights

Delivered by Meghan Doherty, ACPD (Canada)

Thank you Madam President

We welcome this panel’s focus on reparations for women subjected to violence and the recognition that, given the disparate and differentiated impact that violence has on women, especially marginalized women, including sexually marginalized women, there is a need for specific measures of redress in order to meet their specific needs and priorities.