On November 12th, the Sexual Rights Initiative sent a letter to UN Women, welcoming its strong, human rights-based approach, to issues of sex work, sexual exploitation and trafficking in persons. The original letter and UN Women’s note can be accessed below.
“November 12, 2013
Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY10017USA
Dear Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka,
During the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) collaborated with national-level organizations and advocates to deliver oral statements regarding outcomes from the Universal Periodic Review ‘s (UPR) of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, Russia and Uzbekistan.
The final version of the Hague Civil Society Call to Action, from the ICPD Beyond 2014 International Conference on Human Rights, with signatories is now available online.
Today, the SRI delivered a statement at the 2013 Substantive Session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN. During the General Segment, under an agenda item on health, the SRI called for prioritization of sexual and reproductive rights and health and application of a human rights-based approach to policy formulation and programming. It drew the ECOSOC’s attention to guidance developed by various UN human rights bodies including treaty monitoring bodies, UN Special Procedures and UN agencies, among others.
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.