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International Human Rights of Women -- Web Resources (FREE): IGOs: Intergovernmental Organizations

Resources on the international human rights of women, including reproductive rights.
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2024 11:49 AM

Look for Reports, Documents and Publications from IGOs


Recommendation: thoroughly examine the website of each IGO and NGO. They are content-rich and hold many hidden treasures.

Identify additional organizations using a search engine such as this one:

Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine
“…searches across hundreds of IGO websites, enabling users to research topics such as active IGOs working on HIV/AIDS in Uganda….”

United Nations (UN)

United Nations 

UN Women This entity merges and builds on the  work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment:

                UNIFEM - United Nations Development Fund for Women

                INSTRAW - UN Int’l Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women 

UN Population Fund


Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (adopted 18 December 1979, entered into force 3 September 1981) 1249 UNTS 13. .


UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (adopted 13 December 2006, entered into force 3 May 2008) GAOR 61st Session Supp 49 vol 1, 65.  --- Scroll down to A/RES/61/106

Fourth World Conference on Women ‘Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action’ (1995)

UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women ‘General Recommendation No 19: Violence against Women’ (30 January 1992) GAOR 47th Session Supp 38, 1. 


UNGA ‘Follow-up to the Outcome of the Millennium Summit’ (15 September 2005) UN Doc A/60/L.1.


UN HRC ‘Communication No. 1153/2003 Karen Noelia Llantoy Huamán v Peru’ (24 October 2005) GAOR 61st Session Supp 40 vol 2, 214.


UN HRC ‘General Comment No 28: Equality of Rights between Men and Women (Art. 3)’ (29 March 2000) GAOR 55th Session Supp 40 vol 1, 133.  (see pdf: CCPR/C/21/Rev.1/Add.10)

UN International Human Rights Instruments ‘Compilation of General Comments and General Recommendations Adopted by Human Rights Treaty Bodies’ (8 May 2006) UN Doc HRI/GEN/1/Rev.8

Locate CEDAW Country Reports


Go to UNBISNet
1. Under "Bibliographic Records," click on "New Keyword Search"
2. Enter Search  (Note---it is Case Sensitive):
             UN Document Series Symbol: CEDAW
            General Keyword: Name of Country
            General Keyword: report*

3.You will see a list of document titles.
Some will have links to full text.

4.For those documents that DO NOT have a link to the text, write down the UN Document number.

5.Go to the UN ODS ( Official Document System of the UN) ) database

6. Click on “Welcome”. Click on “ADVANCED SEARCH”.

7. Type the UN Document number in the “symbol” field. Click “SEARCH”. If results are not satisfactory, re-do the search typing only the first part of the UN Document number in the “symbol” field, and then click on “right” “symbol truncation”.

8. Click on relevant result(s). Note link to display or download document.




The Americas


Organization of American States
            Interamerican Commission on Human Rights

              Inter-American Commission of Women


                           Statute of the Inter-American Commission of Women


American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man (approved 10 December 1948) (1949) 43 AJIL Supp 133.

American Convention on Human Rights (signed 22 November 1969, entered into force 18 July 1978) 1144 UNTS 123 (Pact of San José).

 Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (done 14 November 1988, entered into force 16 November 1999) (1989) 28 ILM 156 (Protocol of San Salvador).

 Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women (entered into force 5 March 1995) 33 IL M 1534 (1994) (Belém do Pará Convention).




AFRICA (AU, formerly the OAU)

African Union

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 

African Commission Case Law Analyzer


African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (adopted 27 June 1981, entered into force 21 October 1986) 1520 UNTS 217 (Banjul Charter).


Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (adopted 11 July 2003, entered into force 25 November 2005) OAU Doc CAB/LEG/66.6 reprinted in (2001) 1 AfrHumRtsLJ 53 (Maputo Protocol).

World Health Organization


Sexual & Reproductive Health
-----Publications (most can be downloaded)

e.g., Considerations for Formulating Reproductive Health Laws (2d ed.)

e.g.,WHO ‘Creating a Supportive Legislative and Regulatory Framework’ Reproductive Health and Research Policy Brief 3-- 2006

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights & more

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

            Treaty Bodies Database 

                   Useful for locating CEDAW and other country reports

            Charter-Based Bodies Database

.           Human Rights Bodies

            Universal Periodic Review
            (a process involving a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. )

            Thematic Mandates

                   Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

 Global Issues on the UN Agenda
            examine the topics: Population, Women, Family, Children, Statistics…


Try this portal for UN material as well: 
Information on the UN human rights treaty system & its monitoring treaty bodies. Includes reports & documents from human rights treaty monitoring bodies.