Gaynel Curry

Gender and Women’s Rights Advisor
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

In this episode of the ACUNS Current Issues Podcast, Gaynel Curry discusses women’s human rights and the CSW’59. Curry reflects on her work at OHCHR, and most recently on her engagement with the just-ended Commission of the Status of Women ’59, in particular regarding the political declaration coming out of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. She discusses the gains that have been achieved in the past 20 years, including increased girls’ education, women in the workforce and discrimination based on sex being included in more constitutions across the globe. Curry notes that while there have been important advances, much more needs to be done on the state level, including an emphasis on human rights and increased resource commitments to prevent violence against women at the international, national and domestic levels. The confluence now of the Beijing +20 discussions, the SDGs, and the current UN review of peacekeeping and peacebuilding, all offer potential avenues to build awareness, strength and commitment behind women’s human rights.


CSW59/Beijing+20 (2015)
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Twitter: @GaynelCurry

About Gaynel Curry
Gaynel Curry is the Gender and Women’s Rights Advisor for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York. In this capacity, she manages, supervises and coordinates the work carried out by the Office on a broad range of thematic human rights issues, including on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights; Sexual Violence in Conflict and Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism. She also provides policy advice to OHCHR senior leadership on developments regarding these thematic human rights issues in in New York-based intergovernmental and inter-agency processes. Ms. Curry led the set-up of the women’s protection advisors (WPAs) in the UN Mission to South Sudan as part of the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1888. She has also directed the rollout of the monitoring, analysis and reporting arrangements (MARA) in response to conflict-related sexual violence.


Recorded March 2015