International Human Rights of Women -- Web Resources (FREE): IGOs: Intergovernmental Organizations
Look for Reports, Documents and Publications from IGOs
LOOK FOR REPORTS, DOCUMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS FROM IGOS (Intergovernmental Organizations)
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)
http://www.unwomen.org/ 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. http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/resguide/r61.htm --- Scroll down to A/RES/61/106
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. http://www.un.org/en/ga/62/plenary/millennium/bkg.shtml
UN HRC ‘Communication No. 1153/2003 Karen Noelia Llantoy Huamán v Peru’ (24 October 2005) GAOR 61st Session Supp 40 vol 2, 214. http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/undocs/1153-2003.html
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
TO LOCATE TEXT OF CEDAW COUNTRY REPORTS follow these steps:
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 http://documents.un.org/
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.
- European Commission— Gender Equality
- European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) (EU)
- European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg) Gender Equality Factsheet
- COE ‘Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms’ (signed 4 November 1950, entered into force 3 September 1953) 213 UNTS 221.
- Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe - gender equality (US Helsinki Commission)
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. http://www.oas.org/juridico/english/ga-res98/eres1591.htm
American Convention on Human Rights (signed 22 November 1969, entered into force 18 July 1978) 1144 UNTS 123 (Pact of San José).http://www.oas.org/juridico/english/treaties/b-32.html
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). http://www.oas.org/juridico/english/treaties/a-52.html
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). http://www.oas.org/juridico/english/treaties/a-61.html
AFRICA (AU, formerly the OAU)
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). http://www.achpr.org/english/_info/charter_en.html
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). http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/africa/protocol-women2003.html
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 http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/general/pbrief3/en/index.html
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights & more
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. )
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.