About us

NGO CSW Geneva logo 240x160The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva (NGO CSW Geneva) is a Substantive Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), that focuses on Gender equality, the advancement of Women’s rights, and Women empowerment. It is composed of about 40 international NGOs with ECOSOC Consultative Status, whose representatives meet regularly to coordinate advocacy work at the United Nations Geneva.

The principal aim of the NGO CSW Geneva is gender equality in all spheres of life. Its objectives are

  • To work in partnership with the United Nations and its specialized agencies to monitor women’s rights and ensure that governments respect the commitments they have made at world conferences and through international human rights treaties and principles
  • To influence international decision-making and maintain a global momentum for the advancement of women’s rights, gender equality, peace and development.

For additional information see also the NGO CSW Geneva leaflet and the Committee website

NGO CSW Geneva Executive Bureau

  • President & Forum Chair: Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA
  • Vice-President: Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas  (FAWCO) / Sara von Moos
  • Vice-President: Make Mothers Matter Intl. (MMM) / Valerie Bichelmeier
  • Treasurer: The Salvation Army / Sylvette Huguenin
  • Secretary: Soka Gakkai International (SGI) / Hayley Ramsay Jones
  • Secretary: Inter African Committee (IAC) / Adebisi Adiebayo

Forum Beijing+20 Organizing Committee – Task Force Beijing+20

Under the leadership of its Bureau, the NGO CSW Geneva has set up a “Beijing+20 Task Force” with 4 sub-committees:

  • Communications, outreach & PR: ZONTA International / Simone Ovart (Forum Co-Chair)
  • Finances & sponsoring: Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas / Sara von Moos
  • Substantive issues: Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) / Elly Pradervand
  • Logistics: OCAPROCE / Arielle Wagenknecht
  • Website & Forum Secretariat Coordination: Make Mothers Matter (MMM)  / Valerie Bichelmeier