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CAL at the Human Rights Council 36th Session

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CAL Staff is attending the  36th session of the HRC taking place from 11 to 29 September 2017. While this session is generally quiter in terms of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), CAL is watching closely the following events / panels of the following session:

  • The Interactive Dialogue with the SR on the Right to Development – 13 September 2017
  • The Annual Discussion on Integration of a Gender Perspective – 15 September 2017
  • The Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the situation of human rights in South Sudan – 18 September 2017
  • The Interactive Dialogue with Commission of inquiry on Burundi – 18 September 2017
  • The Annual Panel Discussion on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, clustered with the SR on Indigenous Peoples – 20 September 2017
  • UPR Outcome on Tunisia – 21 September 2017
  • UPR Outcome on Morocco – 21 September 2017
  • UPR Outcome on South Africa – 22 September 2017
  • Panel Discussion on Impact of Racial Discrimination on Human Rights of Women and Girls – 25 September 2017
  • Interactive Dialogue with the working group on people of African Descent – 25 September 2017
  • Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on OHCHR Report on Democratic Republic of Congo – 26 September 2017

SRI will be engaging in two important initiatives at the September session – a side event on abortion taking place on September 28, in recognition of the Global Day for Safe and Legal Abortion, and a joint statement by CSOs on abortion.

CAL has also played an instrumental role in supporting and drafting a civil society stakeholder report as part of South Africa’s Universal Periodic Review. CAL has continued to support SRJC’s engagement with the UPR process and other regional and international advocacy work beyond the UPR. SRJC will have two representatives at the HRC 36 session.


Objectives for CAL at HRC 36

  1. Articulate CAL politics and the lived realities of women, testing and building support for key CAL ideas and narratives (in particular around RALF, autonomy, access to health, women human rights defenders)
  2. 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.
  3. Continue to build interest and momentum for the establishment of a pan African Feminist WHRD Network.
  4. Fulfil CAL’s membership and leadership of SRI, and the global feminist and sexual rights movement.


CAL will lead on the development of three statements:

1)    ID with SR right to development, 13 September 2017

This statement will respond to the report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development

Read the statement by clicking here.

2)    UPR statement on South Africa, 22 September 2017

The statement will focus on silences in the UPR outcome – namely sex work, maternal mortality, abortion. All documents relating to SA UPR can be found here.

Download the statement on the South African UPR report (english)

Téléchargez la déclaration sur le rapport EPU de l’Afrique du Sud (français)

3)    Panel discussion on impact of racial discrimination on human rights of women and girls, 25 September 2017

The statement will speak to the key gaps, issues, challenges addressed in this panel.

You can watch the delivery of the statement from 01:29:27 here.

Download the Statement on racial discrimination here (english).

Téléchargez la Déclaration sur la discrimination raciale (français).


4) CAL has also contributed to the Joint Statement on Abortion

Access the final statement, with all signatories listed, here.

The statement was delivered on Monday, 25 September. You can watch from 42:10 the delivery of the joint statement here.