CAL at the 38th Human Rights Council

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 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC38) will run from 18 June to 6 July 2018. For detailed information about the HRC please visit All documents relating to the 38th session can be found here:

CAL, through our membership in the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) will be engaging throughout the council by preparing and delivering statements, engaging with state representatives to suggest progressive sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) language in resolutions, hosting side events and engaging with other civil society groups to strengthen networks and combine advocacy efforts. 

Objectives for CAL at this 38th 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.

The CAL delegation to HRC38  will consist of two CAL secretariat members: Dawn Cavanagh (attending the first week) and Caroline Tagny (attending the second week).
Remember to stay tuned to for live coverage of the Council and updates on our work shared via our social media spaces on Facebook and Twitter.