From the 25 February to 22 March 2019, CAL participated in the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, either through its membership of the Sexual Rights Initiative or physically with a delegation of 3 staff members on the 2nd and 3rd week of this Council’s session.
CAL, through our membership of the SRI engaged throughout the council by:
- Preparing and delivering statements
- Engaging with state representatives to suggest progressive SRHR language in resolutions
- Hosting and presenting on panels of side events
- Engaging with other civil society groups to strengthen networks and combine advocacy efforts
Resolution on discrimination against women and girls in sport
Led by South Africa this resolution breaks important grounds in the recognition of race, and in particular the discriminations against black women and girls’ bodies in sport. It may have been the first time that the word “misogynoir” was used in informal negotiations at the council. With a firm grounding in all persons’ rights to bodily integrity and autonomy, the text expands the normative human rights framework to recognize the multiple ways women’s and girls’ bodies are policed, regulated and subjected to racial and gender stereotypes. The right to bodily integrity and autonomy has also been recognised for the first time at the Human Rights Council.
Want to know more about the resolutions adopted at this session? See SRI’s excellent summary here.
CAL’s statements at HRC40
CAL contributed to the drafting or drafted the following statements that were presented at this session of the HRC:
- HRC40: Interactive Dialogue Special Rapporteurs on the situation of Human Rights Defenders and Torture
- HRC40: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the right to Food and Independent Expert on Foreign Debt
- HRC40: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights
- HRC40: Statement Nigeria UPR
CAL participated as panellists in 2 side events, the first was organised by APC and was on Gender and Privacy in the Digital Age. And co-sponsor by the Brasilian and the German delegation. The event was well attended with multiple State representative in attendance, including the South African delegation. Our interventions centered on the intersection of WHRDs, sexual rights activism online and the influence of the private sector in protecting and upholding the right to privacy of the marginalised.
The second was organised by SRI and was focused on Resistance and Resilience: WHRDs working on Sexual Rights in International and Regional Mechanisms. Our interventions on the panel gave us an opportunity to speak about our work, our observer status with the ACHPR, and the Independence Campaign. Watch the panel here: https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionCAL/posts/1247605472070849
Social media reporting
Throughout this session CAL reported on its activities through our Facebook and Twitter social media accounts. See our social media post collection here: https://wke.lt/w/s/FCKB4e