1963-2018 - 55 years of Research for Social Change

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Patricia Schulz

Former Board Member and Senior Research Associate

Patricia Schulz was a member of the Board of UNRISD from 2011 to 2016.
From 2011 to 2018, during her two mandates, she was a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, tasked with monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. She exercised various responsibilities, as Rapporteur of the Committee (2015-2016), Chair of the Working Group on Working Methods (2013-2016) and Chair of the Working Group on Communications (2017-2018).

Previously, Patricia Schulz was the Director of the Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE, 1994-2010), representing Switzerland in international meetings and multilateral negotiations in particular with the UN and the Council of Europe, and co-chairing the Swiss Conference of Gender Equality Delegates. During this time, FOGE developed instruments and policies regarding in particular gender equality in employment and gender-based violence.

A Swiss lawyer, Patricia Schulz started her career first as a barrister in Geneva, worked with the ILO in technical cooperation in Madagascar, became an assistant and then a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, specializing in constitutional and general public law.

Patricia Schulz has contributed to publications, training programs for NGO’s and civil servants at national and international levels, round tables, conferences and lectures on gender equality and non-discrimination in international human rights law and its links to national law. She is the author of articles on gender equality, in particular the CEDAW Convention, in both French and English

She holds a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Bern, Switzerland


Selected publications :

Commentaire des articles 17, 19, 20, 21 de la CEDEF et des articles 12 et 14 du Protocole facultatif à la CEDEF, dans "CEDEF - La Convention sur l'élimination de toutes les formes de discrimination à l'égard des femmes et son Protocole facultatif. Commentaire." Edité par Maya Hertig Randall, Michel Hottelier et Karine Lempen, Schulthess, à paraître 2019

Intersectionality in Promoting Equality, Kimberlé Crenshaw and Patricia Schulz, Interview, in Equal Rights Review, Volume 16 (2016), Equal Rights Trust

La Convention sur l’élimination de toutes les formes de discrimination aÌ l’égard des femmes (CEDEF), in Introduction aux droits de l'homme, sous la direction de Maya Hertig Randall, Michel Hottelier, Schulthess 2014

More on Patricia’s work

Varia :

Participation in meetings/discussions regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights, surrogacy, trafficking in human beings, sex work, gender and torture, business and human rights, with actors from the UN system and/or from civil society organizations

Participation in the International Judicial Colloquium leading to the adoption of the Bellagio Declaration on state obligation and role of the judiciary in ensuring access to justice for gender-based violence, including sexual violence in an effective, competent manner and with a gender perspective, December 2017

Participation in the development and adoption of the Modell law on Human rights Defenders, under the leadership of the International Service for Human Rights, 2016

Participation in various meetings regarding the Treaty Body Strengthening Process

Projects :

Member of the editorial team responsible for updating the 2012 Commentary on the CEDAW Convention published by Oxford University Press, ed. by M. Freeman, C. Chinkin and B. Rudolf

Specialization: human rights law including gender equality and non-discrimination and sexual and reproductive health and rights