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GWI Representatives to International Organisations

Our UN Representatives are very active and attend multiple sessions per year. Click HERE to access their reports.


Geneva co-hosts meetings, with New York, for ECOSOC and CONGO. In addition, the Geneva team follows the Human Rights Council , the International Labour Office (ILO), and the World Trade Organization (WTO). GWI works closely with NGO coalitions, in particular with the Special Committee of International NGOs on Human Rights and the Committee on the Status of Women. The team is active in many of the special working groups.

Representatives:  Agnieszka Knera, Moinca Chitra Lemenager, Helen Lom



New York

GWI’s New York representatives follow the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). and the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW). GWI is a member of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women. Working relationships with UN staff and with other NGOs develop mainly through participation in NGO Committee where collaborative work is generally accomplished.

Representatives: Dr. Maureen Byrne, Maryella Hannum, Sophie Turner Zaretsky

Dr. Maureen Byrne

Maryella Hannum

Dr. Sophie Turner Zaretsky




In Paris, work is related to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). GWI is one of the few women’s NGOs with consultative status. Each representative has a specific area of responsibility: Adult Education, Literacy and Education for All; Higher Education in the 21st Century and Women, Science and Technology, Poverty and follow-up to the Habitat II Conference on Human Settlements.

Representatives : Dominique Ciavatti, Eliane Didier




In Vienna, GWI representatives focus on Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and The Commission on Narcotic Drugs, in particular looking at issues related to education and women and the adolescent girl.

Representatives: Elisabeth Francis, Amrei-Sophie Klemmer, Olivia Klemmer

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