The Human Rights Council (HRC) is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva. The Council is made up of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly.
The 37th Session of the Human Rights Council will run from 26 February to 23rd March 2018. The March session of the council is longer than the June and September sessions by one week in order to accommodate the high-level segment which is in the first week of the session, and is attended by senior government representatives including ministers and deputy ministers from capital.
Objectives for CAL at this 37th Human Rights Council are to articulate CAL politics and the lived realities of women as well as testing and building support for key CAL ideas and narratives, in particular around Radical African Lesbian Feminism, autonomy, access to health and women human rights defenders. Our continued participation in this key advocacy space will strengthen CAL secretariat, members and partners’ understanding of the scope, strengths, dynamics and limitations of the international human rights system and the various actors that engage there, and identifying possible avenues for future advocacy there and elsewhere.
As usual CAL, through our membership of the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) will be engaging throughout the council by:
- Preparing and delivering statements
- Engaging with state representatives to suggest progressive SRHR language in resolutions
- Hosting side events
- Engaging with other civil society groups to strengthen networks and combine advocacy efforts
For this session, the Coalition helped draft three written statements in response to the Universal Periodic Review outcomes for Benin, Ghana and Zambia, which after a delay will be presented on 19 March, to the Council. These statements once presented will be made available on the CAL website under resources. You can also access and search all the sexual rights related recommendations and references made during the Universal Periodic Review through several categories including: State under Review, Recommending State, Review Documentation, Sessions and Thematic Issues via the SRI’s Universal Periodic Review Sexual Rights Database.