UN Representatives

GWI Representatives to International Organisations


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:  Manjit Dosanjh, Nina Joyce, Helen Lom, Amy Paunila


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: Maureen Byrne, Mick Minard, Polly D. Woodard, 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: Ingrid Szabolcs, Elisabeth Francis, Amrei-Sophie Klemmer, Olivia Klemmer, Dominika Stiger

Back to Policy Advocacy

GWI’s office is relocating to another Geneva location on 16 August.  For a few days, we will have limited access to our emails, telephone and website. We appreciate your understanding during this time of positive change. We will be back to normal working conditions on Monday, 21 August.


Thank you, GWI Staff.


Les bureaux de GWI seront en cours de déménagement a Geneve le 16 Août. Pendant quelques jours, nous aurons un accès limité à nous emails, téléphone et site web. Nous vous remercions d’avance pour votre compréhension pendant ce changement. Nous serons de retour à la normale le lundi 21 Août.


Merci, l’équipe GWI.