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Afghanistan: Concluding Observations by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (3-21 May 2010)

May, 2010
ECOSOC Council


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16. The Committee notes with concern that the traditional dispute resolution mechanisms which absorbs more cases of dispute that the formal judicial system, is not compatible with the human rights standards, including the Covenant rights. The Committee regrets the fact that the rights of women and children, as well as those of nomadic tribes and the poorest sectors of society, are particularly affected by the lack of access to formal justice mechanisms.

Reparations for Women Subjected to Violence: First thematic report submitted to the HRC by Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, 19 April 2010

April, 2010
Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

This is the first thematic report submitted to the Human Rights Council by Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, since her appointment in June 2009. In addition to providing an overview of the main activities carried out by the Special Rapporteur, the report focuses on the topic of reparations to women who have been subjected to violence in contexts of both peace and post-conflict. Most human rights and humanitarian law treaties provide for a right to a remedy.

Report on the CSW forum on the Women Reclaiming and Re-defining Cultures (WRRC) program and SKSW documentary film screenings

March, 2010
The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women


On March 10, the Global Campaign To Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW Campaign) hosted a forum to introduce the Women Re-claiming and Redefining Cultures (WRRC) programme and a screening of two video documentaries on violence against women and girls justified in the name of ‘culture'.

Study on the Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Status of Women From the Viewpoint of Religion and Traditions

April, 2002
Report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief in accordance with resolution 2001/42 of Commission on Human Rights

1. In many countries forms of discrimination against women are based on or attributed to
religion and culture and may be tolerated or even legalized.

2. International human rights instruments almost all assume gender equality and proscribe
discrimination. However, women’s rights to some individual freedoms such as freedom of
religion or belief may not have received sufficient attention when set against the collective
manifestations of such individual freedoms as those of religion or belief.

3. A basic and sensitive problem arises where the fundamental, universal rights of women are
claimed by religious communities to be in conflict with what are seen as their religious
obligations, which in turn are difficult to differentiate from the cultural or ethnic dimension.

4. The right to difference and cultural specificity implied by freedom of religion or belief is to
some degree incompatible with universal rights, especially those of women, who are often the
victims of a certain view of religious freedom, particularly in situations of conflict and
identity crisis.

5. This study addresses these apparent contradictions by seeking to define religion, to see the
relationship of religion to culture, and of universality to cultural specificities.

New Resource: “Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society”

January, 2008
Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR)

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published a new, user-friendly handbook entitled “Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society.” The authoritative Handbook reviews United Nations human rights bodies and mechanisms, describing how they work and examining the many ways that civil society actors, including NGOs, can contribute to their work.

UN Report Emphasizes Role of Men in Eliminating Violence Against Women

December, 2008
United Nation Division for the Advancement of Women

In December of 2008, the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women published a report entitled The Role of Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality. The report recognizes that the pursuit of gender equality requires the efforts of both men and women, and that achieving meaningful social change necessitates the involvement of both genders.

United Nations Launches Database on Violence Against Women

March, 2009
United Nations Secretary General

The United Nations Secretary General launched a database on violence against women on 5 March 2009. The database is the product of a 2006 General Assembly resolution 61/143 calling for more efforts to eliminate violence against women, urging “States to ensure the systematic collection and analysis of data on violence against women”.

Crimes of Honour UN Resolution -- 19 Languages

October, 2004
United Nations General Assumbly

In October 2004 the United Nations General Assembly passed an historic Resolution on the elimination of crimes against women and girls committed in the name of honor.

Expert Group Meeting on Good Practices in Legislation on Violence Against Women

May, 2008
UN Division for the Advancement of Women

Expert Group Meeting on Good Practices in Legislation on Violence Against Women

Vienna, Austria
26 to 28 May 2008

The United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDAW/DESA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are convening an expert group meeting on good practices and lessons learned in regard to legislation on violence against women, to be held at the United Nations at Vienna, from 26 to 28 May 2008.

 

Indicators to Measure Violence Against Women

Sylvia Walby, Lancaster University, UK

*United Nations Statistical Commission & Economic Commission for Europe
*Conference of European Statisticians
*United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women

UN agencies rally to end to female genital mutilation within a generation

Ten United Nations agencies issued a joint statement on 27 February 2008 joining hands to help eliminate female genital mutilation within a generation and "stressing the need for strong leadership and greater resources to protect the health and lives of millions of women and girls".

UN Study on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Status of Women from the Viewpoint of Religion and Traditions

April, 2009
Abdelfattah Amor, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

This is the official United Nations Study on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Status of Women from the Viewpoint of Religion and Traditions (E/CN.4/2002) by Mr. Abdelfattah Amor, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief (E/CN.4/1999/58) that led to his Study on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Status of Women From the Viewpoint of Religion and Traditions (E/CN.4/2002/73/Add.2). The original is available only in the French language. An unofficial translation in English has been made by Dr. John Taylor, Secretary, Geneva U.N.

UN Website on Violence Against Women

http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/vaw/indexnew.htm

This highly recommended website contains all the relevant UN documents related to the recently launched UN campaign on VAW.

From the site:

Crimes of honour in UN General Assembly Resolution - now available in 19 languages

October, 2004
UN General Assembly

Crimes of Honor UN Resolution in 19 Languages - Working towards the elimination of crimes against women and girls committed in the name of honour.

Strengthening the Protection of Women from Torture

January, 2008
Manfred Nowak

The Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment submits his second report to the Human Rights Council. Chapter I summarizes the activities of the Special Rapporteur undertaken between August and December 2007 (i.e. the period since the submission of his interim report to the General Assembly, A/62/221), including updates on country visits, future visits and pending requests for invitations, and highlights of key presentations and meetings.

Fact Sheet No.23, Harmful Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Traditional cultural practices reflect values and beliefs held by members of a community for periods often spanning generations. Every social grouping in the world has specific traditional cultural practices and beliefs, some of which are beneficial to all members, while others are harmful to a specific group, such as women.

Violence Against Women - Alternative Reports for UN Committees

OMCT - World Organisation Against Torture

OMCT publishes Alternative Reports and other publications for the United Nations committees, particularly for the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

Directory on initiatives to address Crimes of 'Honour'

WUNRN

This Directory sets out the contacts and brief descriptions of the activities of individuals and organisations engaged in addressing practices which can be considered as crimes of 'honour'. It includes within it lawyers, activists, researchers, government officials and community-based organisations, human rights and women's rights organisations.

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