Getting ready for CSW61

The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session. This year, the priority theme is Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. As we prepare to attend the meeting, you can visit the UN Women website:



st5_qwgbTwenty-Two Former United Nations Human Rights Special Rapporteurs Call for the Release of Professor Homa Hoodfar, Imprisoned in Iran. “Today marks her 100th day of imprisonment. Her detention came after a three-month period of unrelenting interrogation sessions and the confiscation of her passports preventing her from leaving Iran. We call for the release of Professor Hoodfar (…) who has dedicated her career to understanding and improving the status of women and promoting gender equality, particularly within Muslim communities.

Read the full Statement here.

UN: make this moment count for gender equality

Logo_UNUN Women welcomes the many voices amplifying United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recent strong comment that “It’s high time now” for his successor to be a woman, after 70 years of male leadership.

Not since the birth of the United Nations (UN) has global public interest and engagement been so high in who will be the ninth Secretary-General. This is the first such election since UN Women was formed and the first within the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. There is an appetite as never before to make this moment count for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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28 years after the massacre of political prisoners in Iran

3.fwThe 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran has been described as the worst crime against humanity since World War II. 28 years after this genocide, the Iranian regime still refuses to acknowledge the executions, or provide any information as to how many prisoners were killed. Based on eyewitness accounts of survivors, the massacre had been prepared for from at least a year before. The order for the massacre came from Khomeini directly in the form of a religious decree (fatwa), calling for the execution of all who remained steadfast in their support for the opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran.

For more information, please visit NCRI Women’s Committee.

All eyes on Turkey

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While a state of emergency has been declared following the failed coup, the Turkish government has announced the temporarily suspension of the European Convention of Human Rights.

FIFCJ follows the news from Turkey with concern and expresses its solidarity with the 60,000 civil service employees detained or removed from their functions in an internationally criticized purge. We will always defend democracy, its institutions, and the respect of Human Rights.

LOGO APMCJ def defThe International Federation of Women in Legal Careers congratulates Ms. Clara Sottomayor, member of the Associação Portuguesa de Mulheres Juristas, on the occasion of her appointment for the Constitutional Court of her country. We are confident that Ms. Sottomayor, who was a speaker at the last meeting of FIFCJ in Barcelona, will be a crucial support in the process of strengthening and promoting a legal culture that defends the human rights of women and girls in Portugal. We extend our congratulations to the APMJ. Click here for more information.