Child Rights for 25 years, ‘better or worse’ today?

Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani in a makeshift classroom at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc on November 18, 2014. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS Twenty-five years since the United Nations ratified its Convention on the Rights of the Child, have the lives of the world’s children improved? A new report tried to answer that question and found some gains among ongoing and long-standing challenges. Examining the quality of life for children in 190 countries, the report … [Read more...]

UN Women responds to girl’s death

The Asia and the Pacific region contains some of the world’s most powerful economies—and two-thirds of its poorest people. Rich in political, cultural and other forms of diversity, it faces common challenges from stark socioeconomic disparities, including those linked to gender. Many countries have made formal commitments to gender equality, but implementation is undercut by a variety of factors, from limited resources to inconsistencies in upholding laws to upheaval from natural … [Read more...]

CEDAW, “General discussion on rural Women” (contribution call)

On the occasion of its 56th session, to be held in Geneva from 30 September to 18 October 2013, on 7 October 2013 the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will hold a half-day general discussion on rural women (article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women). The aim of the half-day general discussion is to commence the Committee’s process of elaborating a "General Recommendation on Rural Women". The purpose of the general … [Read more...]

Morocco celebrates as Soulalyates women succeed in land rights

In the spring of 2012 the Moroccan Government granted men and women equal rights to benefit from incomes and profits gained from their land in a new order from the Ministry of the Interior. In the past, discriminatory laws had long deprived rural women of the Soulayates ethnic group of land ownership and benefits in Morocco. Women had campaigned hard with the support of UN Women for their inheritance and property rights, so the new ruling was a historic victory. The 2012 ruling underlines … [Read more...]

Pushing the frontiers on the elimination of violence against women

Pushing the frontiers on the elimination of violence against women: the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women and the importance of international cooperation Statement by Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at Regional Conference on the Istanbul Convention. Istanbul to host UN center for women's rights - LIVE IMAGE "Excellencies, Honourable parliamentarians, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen, Allow me to start by paying tribute to all those … [Read more...]

Gender Equality; Empowering Women through Education

Countries have made progress in promoting and protecting women's rights but important challenges remain in achieving equality, according to a member of a UN expert body that monitors discrimination against women. Nicole Ameline, vice chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, says access to education is one area for improvement. She spoke to journalists in New York on Monday following her address to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. "Women … [Read more...]

BAHAMAS Reports ‘Steady Progress’ in Improving Situation of Women

Bahamas Reports ‘Steady Progress’ in Improving Situation of Women in Appearance before Anti-Discrimination Committee Expert Members Express Concern about Absence of Special Temporary Measures   Despite high unemployment, rising crime and socio-economic woes arising from the global financial crisis and natural disasters, the Bahamas had steadily improved the lot of its women through a range of legal reforms, awareness-raising campaigns and action plans, members of the country’s … [Read more...]

CEDAW: Bulgaria’s adoption of a gender-equality strategy

  Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women 1045th & 1046th Meetings (AM & PM) Adoption of Gender-Equality Strategy, Domestic Violence Laws Led to Women’s Improved Status, Bulgarian Delegation Tells Anti-Discrimination Committee   Expert Members Concerned about Failure to Integrate Roma Women, Gender Stereotyping, High School Dropout Rates among Girls     Bulgaria’s adoption of a gender-equality strategy and its enactment of … [Read more...]

CEDAW turns 30 ~ Celebrating on July 9th ~ United Nations Headquarters, New York

To mark the 30th Anniversary of the creation of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, UN Women and OHCHR will host an event to celebrate its work. The event will highlight the Committee’s work on the protection and promotion of women’s human rights under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women and will include a special focus on women’s political participation and leadership. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the … [Read more...]

UN Women on Twitter, let’s chat!

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct … [Read more...]

Women’s Human Rights: The Promise and the Reality

The CWSE is honoured to announce the 14th Annual Dame Nita Barrow Lecture Women's Human Rights: The Promise and the Reality A World View from Women’s Global and Local Organizing a lecture with Shanthi Dairiam Founder and First Executive Director of International Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific, Former Expert Member of the United Nations CEDAW Committee CEDAW (the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) stands out as the primary … [Read more...]

Azerbaijani – Women Parliament , Women’s Bill of Rights

Azerbaijani - Women Parliament , Women’s Bill of Rights Although Azerbaijan is one of those countries that have ratified the Treaty for the Rights of Women, officially known as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and a significant improvement in addressing the rights of women and girls was made, there is much room for improvement. This was a conclusion of the seminar conducted by the Azerbaijani Women Association for Rational Development … [Read more...]

UN Women, the Future thereof …

The Future of UN Women Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the New York City Bar Association, 21 June 2011. Good evening. It is a great pleasure to be here this evening and to have the opportunity to speak to you about the vision and goals of UN Women, and how we see the challenges and opportunities for advancing women’s rights and gender equality in countries worldwide. First let me say I think this is an exciting time for women … [Read more...]

The Human Rights of Women – Take Action!

      The Human Rights of Women         Numerous international and regional instruments have drawn attention to gender-related dimensions of human rights issues, the most important being the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 (see box). In 1993, 45 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted, and eight years after CEDAW entered into force, the UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna confirmed that … [Read more...]

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