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South Asia Training of Trainers on CEDAW - A Report

A South Asia Training of Trainers on CEDAW was organized by Partners for Law and Development (PLD) and UNIFEM in September 2006 in New Delhi. This was part of UNIFEM’s work in facilitating the implementation of and reporting on CEDAW, expanding the available pool of trainers specialized in CEDAW, which could be drawn upon by Governments and civil society groups. At this five-day regional training, the participants included trainers, activists, NGOs and women’s groups working on the Convention from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. For the first time, there was also representation from Afghanistan

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“Conceptualizing Islamic Law, CEDAW and Women’s Human Rights in Plural Legal Settings : A Comparative Analysis of Application of CEDAW in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan” – edited by Prof. Shaheen Sardar Ali

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CEDAW: Restoring Rights to Women (2004)

Is a comprehensive resource book on CEDAW developed by Partners for Law in Development (PLD). It examines CEDAW’s significance to human rights law and explains its key concepts of equality, non-discrimination and state obligation. The technical terms of international law are simplified and concepts explained with examples and illustrations, making it a valuable learning tool that is comprehensive yet accessible. The Articles are dealt with individually and in relation to each other, drawing out an integrated reading of the Convention and its application to emerging and cross cutting issues.
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CEDAW: Mahilao Ke Adhikaro Ki Punarsthapana (2006, Hindi)

A trans-creation of the CEDAW book, ‘Restoring Rights to Women’ by Partners for Law in Development (PLD) into Hindi. It is the first book on CEDAW in Hindi and remains the only comprehensive material on CEDAW in Hindi. It is recommended as a resource for reference and trainings. Its simplicity of language, detailing of concepts, examples and illustrations make it accessible to a wide range of users. The translations of this resource book in Malayalam and Oriya by PLD are available. Soft versions can be accessed at PLD’s web-link http://www.pld-india.org/Resources.asp?HeaderID=3#

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CEDAW: A Manual

 

Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR) in Sri Lanka with support from UNIFEM South Asia Office developed this manual as resource tool for judges, lawyers and law students. The Manual covers the following key issues:

  • Implications of Ratification

  • The process of Reporting to the CEDAW Committee

  • Incorporating CEDAW implementation into the Domestic Legal systems

  • Using International Complaints Procedures as an enforcement strategy

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CEDAW Indicators for South Asia : An Initiative

 

By Centre for Women's Research (CENWOR)

Supported by UNIFEM South Asia Regional Office

 

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South Asia Regional Consultation on CEDAW Convention, Kalutara, Sri Lanka, 2002: Using the process of knowledge-based advocacy, UNIFEM SARO promotes regional learning and sharing on CEDAW. Through a transparent interactive mechanism, governments, NGOs, women’s groups, and CEDAW Committee members come together and jointly appraise progress on fulfillment of obligations under the Convention, as well as share implementation strategies. This publication captures the proceedings of the Consultation held in 2002, providing comprehensive documentation of the learned presentations and deliberations that took place.

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Passport to Equality

The Passport to Equality is a pocket-sized publication that presents, explains and reproduces the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in the form of a personal passport. The purpose of the Passport is to make women and men all over the world aware of the existence of the Convention.

Passport to Equality

 

CEDAW and the Human Rights Based Approach to Programming

This publication is a practical guide to the human rights-based approach (HRBA) to programming for UNIFEM staff as well as partners, with a particular focus on the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). It highlights concrete implications for programming of applying the HRBA and provides detailed background information on CEDAW and other human rights treaties.

CEDAW and the Human Rights Based Approach to Programming

 

Pathway to Gender Equality: CEDAW, Beijing and the MDGs

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Platform for Action must be the touchstones for realizing the potential held out by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The CEDAW and Beijing processes have generated a wealth of understanding and experience that illuminates the nature of gender-based discrimination and clarifies the steps needed to achieve gender equality.

 While the MDGs set out concrete, time-bound and measurable goals, targets and indicators for poverty reduction, this framework provides only the starting point for the work that must be undertaken. As the Millennium Declaration has emphasized, it is critically important that the gender equality obligations and commitments that have been made to the world's women are effectively implemented.

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Platform for Action must be the touchstones for realizing the potential held out by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The CEDAW and Beijing processes have generated a wealth of understanding and experience that illuminates the nature of gender-based discrimination and clarifies the steps needed to achieve gender equality. While the MDGs set out concrete, time-bound and measurable goals, targets and indicators for poverty reduction, this framework provides only the starting point for the work that must be undertaken. As the Millennium Declaration has emphasized, it is critically important that the gender equality obligations and commitments that have been made to the world's women are effectively implemented. 

"Pathway to Gender Equality" outlines how CEDAW and the Beijing Platform for Action can be used as a lens to understand and address the gender equality dimensions of the MDGs, which in turn can help to ensure that the pursuit of the MDGs is based on principled conviction and results in effective development.

Pathway to Gender Equality: CEDAW, Beijing and the MDGs

 

Budgeting for Women’s Rights: Monitoring Government Budgets for Compliance with CEDAW

 

This publication elaborates on how budgets and budget policy making processes can be monitored for compliance with human rights standards, in particular CEDAW. Combining substantive analysis with country examples, the publication explores how a rights-based budget analysis can be applied to public expenditure, public revenue, macroeconomics of the budget, and budget decision-making. 

Budgeting for Women’s Rights: Monitoring Government Budgets for Compliance with CEDAW

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Summary Booklet in English (1MB - pdf)

Summary Booklet in French (1MB - pdf)

Summary Booklet in Spanish (1MB - pdf)

 

Bringing Equality Home: Implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

"Bringing Equality Home" documents legal reforms in countries that have made constitutional changes, dealt with landmark cases, and passed national laws to ensure equality for women. It is an inspirational resource for womens' human rights advocates, government representatives, policy makers and anyone else interested in gender equality as an integral part of human rights.

 

Bringing Equality Home (425KB - pdf)

 

 

CEDAW Made Easy: Question and Answer Booklet (for Caribbean)

 

This question-and-answer booklet is designed to provide women's human rights advocates, government officials, students, teachers, practitioners, and the general public with a snapshot view of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It aims to raise awareness of the rights to which women are entitled under CEDAW. It can be used to bring about concrete improvements in the lives of Caribbean women.

CEDAW Made Easy: Question and Answer Booklet
(for Caribbean)

 

Making MDGs Work for All: Gender-Responsive Rights-Based Approaches to the MDGs

 

This is a tool for policy makers and development practitioners who are seeking practical guidance for engendering the MDGs.  As in UNIFEM’s previous publication “Pathway to Gender Equality”, this publication argues for a gender-responsive and rights-based approach to implementing, monitoring and reporting on the MDGs. It argues that the foundations for such an approach have already been laid in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Plan for Action, which complement and reinforce the MDG framework. The publication aims to assist countries by suggesting a process for developing a gender-responsive rights-based national MDG reporting framework, and providing a sourcebook of issues to consider, possible strategies, and suggested long-term and intermediate targets and indicators.