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Women's Rights are Human Rights

Author: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights | Attaining equality between women and men and eliminating all forms of discrimination against women are fundamental human rights and United Nations values. This publication provides an introduction to women’s human rights, beginning with the main provisions in international human rights law and going on to explain particularly relevant concepts for fully understanding these rights. Finally, selected areas of women’s human rights are examined together with the main work of United Nations human rights mechanisms pertaining to these topics.

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Reproductive Rights are Human Rights: A Handbook for National Human Rights Institutions

Author: UN Population Fund, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, & Danish Institute for Human Rights | According to the Program of Action produced during the International Conference on Population and Development, reproductive rights rest on the recognition of the basic rights of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual reproductive health. The purpose of this handbook is to provide National Institutions with tools and guidance on how to integrate reproductive rights into their work. It is intended to give an introduction to reproductive rights, both what they mean in practice and the concept as an ideal.

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Realizing Women’s Rights to Land and Other Productive Resources

Author: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights & UN Women | Women’s access to, use of, and control over land and other productive resources are essential to ensuring their right to equality and an adequate standard of living. The purpose of this publication is to provide detailed guidance for policymakers, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to support the adoption and implementation of policies and programs that protect women’s rights to land and other productive resources. These rights entail the ability of women to own, use, access, control, transfer, inherit, and otherwise make decisions about land and related resources. This publication is based on the results of an expert group meeting on good practices in realizing women’s rights to productive resources, with a focus on land.

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Women and the Right to Adequate Housing

Author: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights | The right to adequate housing is clearly recognized in international human rights law, including in the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. Yet over a billion people live in slums and informal settlements and an additional 100 million are homeless, with women particularly affected. This publication provides an overview of the meaning, intent, and implications of the human right to adequate housing, and illustrates obstacles to women worldwide enjoying this right effectively. Its aim is to shed light on the main obstacles to women’s full enjoyment of the right to adequate housing and offer guidance on preventing and eradicating discrimination against women in housing rights.

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Project on a Mechanism to Address Laws that Discriminate Against Women

Author: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights | From The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), there are many instruments that aim to protect the human rights of women. Most states have signed on to at least one of these instruments, and yet women’s rights continue to be violated, often through laws that directly discriminate against women. The aim of this project was to examine the advisability of creating a new mechanism to address laws that discriminate against women. Research was conducted through analyzing existing UN mechanisms to determine the extent to which they addressed the issue of discriminatory laws and by collecting national data on laws that discriminate against women.

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Abolishing Slavery and its Contemporary Forms

Author: David Weissbrodt & Michael Dottridge | This document provides a comprehensive review of existing treaty and customary law covering all the traditional and contemporary slavery-related practices and relevant monitoring mechanisms. It summarizes the core international law against slavery, its origins and the progress of the international campaign to abolish the slave trade, the legal instruments and institutions that have been established to combat slavery, the evolving definition of slavery, contemporary forms of slavery, and other related practices. The review also focuses briefly on serfdom, forced labor, debt bondage, migrant workers, trafficking in persons, prostitution, forced marriage, the sale of wives and other issues, before discussing international monitoring mechanisms.

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Fact Sheet: Understanding United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325

Author: Gender and Peacebuilding Working Group of the Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee | From The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), there are many instruments that aim to protect the human rights of women. Most states have signed on to at least one of these instruments, and yet women’s rights continue to be violated, often through laws that directly discriminate against women. The aim of this project was to examine the advisability of creating a new mechanism to address laws that discriminate against women. Research was conducted through analyzing existing UN mechanisms to determine the extent to which they addressed the issue of discriminatory laws and by collecting national data on laws that discriminate against women.

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UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

Author: United Nations Security Council | Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security was adopted by the United Nations Security Council on October 31, 2000. UNSCR 1325 was created to acknowledge the disproportionate impact of war on women, and the crucial role women should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution, and sustainable peace. The resolution calls for participation of women in peace processes, gender training in peacekeeping operations, protection of women and girls and respect for their rights, and gender mainstreaming in the reporting and implementation systems of the United Nations relating to conflict, peace and security.

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UN Women: Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Author: UN Women | The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 is a visionary agenda for the empowerment of women. It remains the most comprehensive global policy framework and blueprint for action, and is a current source of guidance and inspiration to realize gender equality and the human rights of women and girls everywhere. This landmark text was the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China in September 1995.

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UN Resolution on Women’s Political Participation

Author: United Nations General Assembly | The 2011 UN General Assembly resolution on women’s political participation stresses its critical importance in all contexts. The resolution calls on UN Member States to take a variety of measures to increase women’s political participation, including to encourage political parties to remove barriers that discriminate against the participation of women, to promote awareness of the importance of women’s political participation at all levels, and to investigate allegations of violence, assault, or harassment of women elected officials and candidates for political office.

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Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Author: United Nations General Assembly | The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. By accepting the Convention, States commit themselves to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms.

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