As of 13 March 2013
African Women’s Caucus Position Statement
57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls
The African Women’s Caucus representing African civil society organizations from all the five sub-regions of Africa and the diaspora committed to advancing women’s human rights, call on Member States to declare zero tolerance of all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls and to prioritize preventive measures in the fight to eliminate violence from the lives of women and girls... Read more
This declaration was adopted by participants to Parliamentarians' Day, which was held by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the occasion of the Fourth World Conference on Women. It affirms the commitment of parliamentarians to follow up the IPU's Plan of Action and the Beijing Platform of Action in the most appropriate and effective way. Read more
Although Libyan women compose half of the population and were at the forefront of the February 17th revolution, among the tragedies of the transition period has been the severe blow to women’s rights. This has included previously unparalleled crimes and violence committed against the female population with the intention of intimidating and excluding them from active participation in Libyan society. To reverse this perilous course, it is imperative that the rights of women are clearly articulated, asserted and enshrined in the new Libyan Constitution. As the highest law of the... Read more
Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979, CEDAW sets an agenda for States Parties to take all measures and appropriate action including taking temporary special measures to reduce gender gaps and eliminate discrimination against women. Read more
This summary report outlines the main outcomes of the IDRC sponsored conference on Women's Political Participation and Access to Basic Services in the Context of Decentralization. The summary highlights findings of the research conducted on the impact of decentralization on citizens, specially on historically excluded groups such as women, poor people, and racial, ethnic, sexual, and religious minorities. It also includes recommendations on strategies to be employed in all legislation, policy, and other mechanisms related to decentralization and local governance. Read more
This document is a proposal, in permanent construction, of the Declaration of Human Rights from a Gender Perspective, that integrates the progress related to human rights since 1948. It presents the following chapters:
I. Rights of identity and citizenship
II. The right to peace and to a violence-free life.
III.Sexual and reproductive rights.
IV. Right to development
V. Environmental rights. Read more
The Plan of Action for Gender-sensitive Parliaments was adopted unanimously by the 127th IPU Assembly (Quebec City, October 2012). It is a key policy document for the IPU and its member Parliaments. It was drawn up following extensive consultation with IPU Members and takes account of the findings and recommendations of the IPU Global Survey on Gender-sensitive Parliaments: A Global review of good practice, published in 2011.
A gender-sensitive parliament is one that responds to the needs and interests of both men and women in its structures, methods and work. The Plan of Action is designed... Read more
This Report evaluates the evolution of the Cairo Program of Action, and focuses on sexual and reproductive rights and sexual and reproductive health. It identifies and analyzes the normative progress in 20 countries in the region. It also presents issues relating to HIV/AIDS prevention and violence against women. The legislative situation has been examined independently of enforcement or actual impact, except in those countries where different reports have been made for committees monitoring compliance with United Nations conventions and treaties. Read more
This is a summary report from the meeting aimed at discussing strategies for increasing the development and implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 National Action Plans. The meeting was convened by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and current President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, and Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Chair of The Institute for Inclusive Security, and involved a group of prominent government, United Nations, and civil society leaders in New York. Read more
The evidence has never been clearer that women’s political, economic, and social participation and leadership are vital to development. Countries where women are fairly represented in government enjoy greater security, higher levels of development, and more inclusive policy-making. The incoming administration should take advantage of this critical moment in history by developing the first-ever National Action Plan on Women’s Equal Participation in Public Service and sign an executive order directing that the plan be implemented. This plan would chart a course to enhance women’s equal role in... Read more
This report evaluates the progress made by Council of Europe member states since the Beijing conference. It provides updated information on national machinery, action plans and gender mainstreaming strategies set up to promote equality between women and men. Read more
The participation of women in key decision-making processes related to peace and security is a goal in itself. Their contribution is also important in preventing, managing and resolving conflict, and not least in building up societies after conflict. This new strategic plan on women, peace and security is intended to put Norway in a better position to enhance women’s influence and participation and strengthen the protection of women during armed conflicts.
Unanimously adopted by the General Assembly in 1999, the Optional Protocol lays out the procedure for the receipt and consideration of complaints to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Read more
The first ever indigenous peoples world conference concludes with a focus on climate.The Outcome Document also focuses on the rights of indigenous women and addressed the problem of violence against women, which he said “must be at the top of the agenda.” Read more
IPU members have committed to a comprehensive Plan of Action on gender-sensitive parliaments, aimed at radically transforming the way national institutions address gender equality.
The action plan, a potentially far-reaching outcome of the 127th IPU Assembly, not only tackles women’s access to parliaments through affirmative action, but also gender parity in the roles and ranks inside parliament; legal frameworks; the gender infrastructure and culture within parliament as well as the need to engage political parties on the issue. It highlights the use of special measures to ensure more women... Read more
This plan of action represents the Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) main intellectual input to the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. It proposes steps to remedy women's low involvement in political life by covering four areas: conditions for active participation by women in political life; the legal basis for equality; participation in politics at the national level; and women's participation in IPU's activities. Read more
The report summarizes the key deliberations and outcomes of the said Conference organized in October 2011 by the Parliament of Bangladesh and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the framework of the “Improving Democracy through Parliamentary Development” (IPD) Project in cooperation with the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Center.
The report provides information on the regional and global women’s situation in Parliaments. It describes important conference themes including challenges and opportunities of increasing the participation of women in public life, political empowerment... Read more
This presentation was made at the meeting on Increasing Momentum for UNSCR 1325 National Action Plans. It discusses the processes in developing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 National Action Plans (NAPS) and the challenges connected with the implementation of NAPs. It also describes women's involvement in peace processes around the world. Read more