NFA participated in the GCENR Workshop: Leveraging UN Human Rights Mechanism for Gender-Equal Nationality Rights

Date: June 28 & 29, August 9 &12, September (TBC)

NFA’s Executive Director participated in the GCENR Workshop on leveraging human rights mechanisms to advocate for gender-equal nationality rights. The five-day workshop was organized online in the months of June, August and September 2021.

This workshop brought together expert activists and advocates from a number of priority countries as well as those with international advocacy experience, for a collective reflection, brainstorming and strategizing process. Having now engaged in join UN-level advocacy for gender-equal nationality rights for many years, and as we approach the end of the 3rc cycle of the UPR, this workshop provided an opportunity to take stock, and develop more effective strategies for UN advocacy that truly complements and enhances national advocacy efforts. The workshop was be co-facilitated by Catherine Harrington (GCENR) and Amal de Chickera (ISI), with the active participation and inputs (including facilitating some sessions) of the following Expert Participants: 

  1. Alicia Wallace (Bahamas) 
  2. Wajeeha Al Baharna (Bahrain) 
  3. Karima Chebbo (Lebanon) 
  4. Bina Ramanand (Malaysia) 
  5. Melinda Sharlini (Malaysia) 
  6. Subin Mulmi (Nepal & Asia-Pacific) 
  7. Binu Lama (Nepal) 
  8. Habiba Al Hinai (Oman) 
  9. Sangita Bajulaiye (Global) 



Launch of the ‘Together We Can’ Report

Date: June 21, 2022

The CESF Consortium and NFA organized the Asia Pacific launch event of the ‘Together We Can: The COVID-19 Impact on Stateless People and A Roadmap for Change’ report. NFA’s Executive Director, Subin Mulmi was one of the speakers of the event where he highlighted the impact of COVID-19 on the work of CSOs and activists advocating on nationality rights in the region.

The report is grounded in the experiences and expertise of members of the Covid-19 Emergency Statelessness Fund (CESF) Consortium, a Global Consortium of NGOs and citizenship rights activists, initiated by the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) in June 2020 to respond to the impact of Covid-19 on stateless populations. It carries a simple message that together we can achieve change, protect the right to nationality for all and protect the rights of all stateless people. The report draws on a mix of desk research and the findings from research-based action advocacy projects being implemented by CESF Consortium members in 13 countries. 

It comprises three parts: 

  • Part 1 – Introduction, CESF Consortium and Roadmap to address the Covid-19 impact on stateless people. 


  • Part 2 –  Thematic focus on the right to nationality, documentation and legal status; equality and nondiscrimination; the right to health; socioeconomic rights and civil and political rights. 


  • Part 3 – CESF country focus chapters on Bangladesh, Central Asia, the Dominican Republic, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia and on the Rohingya.


    The report can be found here.