June 26, 2019 @ 13:30 – June 26, 2019 @ 15:00
Room IX - Palais des Nations
8 - 14 avenue de la paix
in Geneva 1202

On the occasion of the 41st session of the Human Rights Council, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the International Gender Champions – Geneva (IGC), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Women and the Permanent Missions of Canada, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ireland, Maldives, Mexico, Rwanda and Sweden to the United Nations will organize the side event Legislating for gender equality: Eliminating gender-based discrimination and violence by 2030 on 26 June 2019, from 1.30 to 3 p.m., Room IX, at the UN Office in Geneva.

The event will serve to mark the 40th anniversary of the CEDAW Convention, the 130th anniversary of the IPU and the 25th anniversary of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, and to prepare for the upcoming 25-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, as milestones towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5 by 2030.

Following a moderated discussion with the panel, the floor will be open for debate.

Chair/Moderator: International Gender Champion H.E. Ambassador Rosemary McCarney, Permanent Representative of Canada


  • International Gender Champion Martin Chungong, Secretary General, IPU
  • Ms. Nahla Haidar, Member, CEDAW Committee
  • Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
  • Ms. Christine Löw, Director, UN Women Liaison Office in Geneva
  • Mr. Maxime Koné, MP, Burkina Faso (TBC)


  • MP (to be determined)
  • International Gender Champion H.E. Ambassador Veronika Bard, Permanent Representative of Sweden
  • Ms. Valentina Beghini, Senior Technical Officer on Gender Equality, ILO

Simultaneous interpretation in French and English will be available during the event.

Please RSVP to this email address before Monday 24 June: mgn@ipu.org (Ms. Marie-Graziella NGUINI)