February 2020 OECD High Level Conference on Ending VAWG, Paris
January 2020 “Let Girls be Girls” event hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of International Development, Geneva
December 2019 Panel discussion on violence against women and girls at the Afro-European Medical and Research Network Conference, Geneva
Mohinder Watson with panelists discussing violence against women and girls (VAWG)

“Violence Against Women and Girls: What more should governments be doing to eradicate it in the context of the Beijing + 25 global review and the SDG Agenda?” In a presentation at the Afro-European Medical Research Network Conference in Geneva, Mohinder Watson discussed the impact of VAWG on women’s health and possible risk factors for intimate partner violence and sexual violence. Dr. Watson presented the main recommendations of the CSO Forum and Beijing +25 UNECE Regional Review as well as discussing the importance of a human-rights based approach to eliminating VAWG in the context of the Beijing +25 global review and SDG Agenda. Some of the key recommendations included: (1) Developing National Action Plan for VAWG based on gender mainstreaming; (2) Coordinating with all stakeholders e.g. village/tribal chiefs, paralegals, court staff, CSOs, police, judiciary, men and boys, educational institutions and employers; (3) Funding women’s full participation in civil society; (4) Scaling up VAWG prevention efforts that address unequal power relations between men and women and conducting better evaluation of pilot projects to move to large-scale programs; and (5) Using a survivor-centred approach which respects survivor’s rights, choices, wishes and confidentiality and treats them with dignity and respect.

November 2019 Meeting with Bandana Rana, Vice Chair of CEDAW, and Lily Thapa, Founder of WHR Nepal; Geneva
From left to right: Lily Thapa, Bandana Rana, Mohinder Watson
October 2019 Side event during the UNECE Beijing +25 Regional ReviewEnding Violence Against Women and Girls: Prevalence, Proposals and Partnerships
From left to right: Alia El-Yassir, Nicole Ameline, Brigitte Polonovski, Charles Ramsden, Simona Lanzoni, Mohinder Watson
September 2019 Side event during the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council “Widows in Crisis and Conflict”
From left to right: Mohinder Watson, Caroline Ouaffo Wafang, Lois Herman, Margaret Owen, Lori Post
July 2019 Side event during the 41st session of the Human Rights Council on child marriage and trafficking in Kashmir
June 2019 Meeting with the new Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Geneva
Informal meeting with the new Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Luis Ernesto Pedernera Reyna, hosted by Child Rights Connect and attended by various NGOs, including Save the Children and Plan International
June 2019 Side event during the 41st Human Rights Council presenting a new report, “Child Widows’ Needs and How to Support Them,” by Mohinder Watson
Mohinder Watson presenting new research on child widows in Geneva
April 2019 UN Network on Migration Consultation, Geneva 
From left to right, top to bottom: Antonio Vitorino, Secretary General of IOM; Felipe González Morales, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants; Nyaradzo Chari-Imbayago, Coordinator of the UN Network on Migration; Mohinder Watson pictured with delegates from Malaysia, Nigeria and staff from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
March 2019 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy
March 2019 63rd Commission on the Status of Women, New York
From left to right, top to bottom: Mohinder Watson pictured with Gertrude Mongella, Secretary General of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing; Panel discussion on birth registration at office of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) in New York; Margaret Own and Mohinder Watson at UN Women; Karen Pierce, the UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Her Royal Highness, the Countess of Wessex at the Ambassador’s Reception
Reflections from CSW 63
Mohinder Watson speaking with a group of young women in New York during the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

During the 63rd meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Mohinder Watson spoke to the Fiat Girls, a group of high school and college girls including myself who travelled to New York to learn about the issues facing women around the world and how Catholic social teaching can be used to address them with compassion and consideration. Over coffee and donuts, Mohinder shared with us her story of escaping a planned marriage as a teenager in the UK and her journey towards healing, empowerment, and advocacy. What struck me the most about Mohinder’s testimony was her resilience and kindness of spirit. Child, early and forced marriage is an issue that fundamentally damages a girl’s relationship to her culture and her family, and it takes incredible courage to recognize one’s own voice and agency in those situations, and it takes even more to share that story with the world. Thank you, Mohinder, for your advocacy, bravery, and wisdom. ~Jule Voss, Fiat Girl 2019

March 2019 International Conference on Child Marriage and Temporary Marriage in the Middle East; Sigmund Freud University, Vienna
From left to right, top to bottom: Her Excellency, Ms. Khojasta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UN; Panel discussion on child marriage; Conference participants; Mohinder Watson speaking on child marriage
January 2019 South Asian Regional Women’s Conference; Kathmandu, Nepal
Panelists at the South Asian Regional Women’s Conference
Images from our visit to the Bikalpa Aangan School and surrounding area in Kathmandu, permission courtesy of Stella T. and her team

Bikalpa Aangan School was a happy and stimulating space for young children from the surrounding area—albeit with minimum facilities compared to what these children deserve. Thank you to Stella T. and her team for showing us this important project and introducing us to some of the local residents. Their hard work and dedication over the past 15 years has built Bikalpa Aangan School into a beacon of light for the community and its children.

December 2018 Presentation at the Afro-European Medical and Research Network, Geneva
From left to right, top to bottom: Mohinder Watson presenting on child widows; Participants discussing diaspora support for Sierra Leone and other countries; Mohinder Watson pictured with the Deputy Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the UN; Members of the Afro-European Medical Research Network with the Deputy Ambassador
December 2018 Youth panel moderated by Michele Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, celebrates the 70th anniversary of the UDHR
Images from UDHR youth panel with Roben X (top left), a talented US rapper and social activist
November 2018 Seminar on Widows of All Ages at the European Parliament, Brussels
From left to right: Margaret Owen, Pat Holden, Belgian/Congo colleague, Violetta Berisha, Shamin Shawl, Julie Ward, Kadire Tahiraj, Lois A. Herman, Mohinder Watson, Cleo Newton

Hosted by UK MEP Julie Ward representing NW of England, this event brought together a distinguished group of experts on widow abuse and discrimination at the European Parliament in Brussels. Presentations included “Why Widowhood is Now a Development as well as a Human Rights and Gender Issue” from Margaret Owen, “Millions of Child Widows Invisible, Forgotten and Vulnerable—What Can the European Parliament Do?” by Mohinder Watson based on Action on Child, Early and Forced Marraige’s July 2018 report of the same name, personal testimony from Kadire Tahiraj about her experiences in Kosovo, and “Kashmir and its Widows and Half-Widows” by Shamin Shawl.

October 2018 Meeting with the CEDAW Delegation from Nepal at the UN in Geneva
Those pictured include Lily Thapa, Founder and President of Women for Human Rights in Nepal; Bandana Rana, Nepali CEDAW member and the Honorable Mona Ansari from the Human Rights Commission in Nepal
October 2018 Televised debate on child marriage at the European Parliament, Brussels
TV debate with Mohinder Watson
October 2018 Global Consultation of the World Council of Churches; Kingston, Jamaica
Images from the Global Consultation of the World Council of Churches
September 2018 Kowani Indonesian Women’s Conference; Yogyakarta, Indonesia
From left to right, top to bottom: Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, with Dr. Jungsook Kim, President of the International Council of Women; Mohinder Watson delivering a speech on violence against women and girls (VAWG); School children performing a traditional Indonesian dance; Participants in the Conference from over 1,000 Indonesian NGOs; Seleima D. Veisamasama, Ambassador of Fuji to Indonesia, pictured with Mohinder Watson
July 2018 Nelson Mandela centennial event hosted by Her Excellency, Ms. Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the UN
(Centre) The Honorable Mogoeng Mogoeng, Chief Justice of South Africa, pictured with Mohinder Watson after addressing the Council Chamber

“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” ~Nelson Mandela

July 2018 CEDAW Briefing; Palais des Nations, Geneva
From left to right: Mohinder Watson; Delia Leinarte, CEDAW Chair; Margaret Owen, Director of Widows for Peace through Democracy

Mohinder Watson presented Action on Child, Early and Forced Marriage’s report “Millions of Child Widows, Forgotten, Invisible and Vulnerable” at a briefing with CEDAW committee members on 16th July 2018. This report serves to highlight the plight of child widows, a neglected group of over a million vulnerable children who suffer the triple disadvantages of gender, age, and widowhood status.

June 2018 38th session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva
Mohinder Watson speaking on a panel at the Human Rights Council in Geneva
March 2018 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, New York