The CEDAW requires all state parties to accelerate de jure and de facto equality between men and women in political, social, economic and cultural arenas. In addition the Concluding Observation of the CEDAW Committee to Thailand on the State Report Review in early 2006 recommends the Thai government to consider adoption of temporary special measures and conduct awareness raising programmes, as well as create enabling, and supportive conditions to increase women’s participation in decision-making at all levels. Accordingly the Regional Programme on Facilitating Implementation of Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in Southeast Asia (CEDAW SEAP) partnered with the national women’s machinery and NGOs to support the Thai Government’s efforts to increase the number of women candidates and elected women particularly in Tambol Administrative Organizations. This report documents the achievements of this partnership, identifies challenges and suggests ways for national partners looking to effectively realize women’s political rights under CEDAW.
UN Women Issue Briefs on Women’s Human Rights in the ASEAN Region
This package prepared by UN Women offers information on the issues related to women’s human rights, the state parties’ obligations and facts on the issues based on evidences and statistics. The issues include; Labour Migration and Women Migrant Workers, Trafficking in women, Violence against Women and Women, Peace and Security.
Advancing Reproductive Rights Using the Inquiry Procedure of the OP CEDAW and the UN Special Procedures: the Philippine Experience
On February 29, 2000, the then Mayor Atienza issued Executive Order (EO) 003 that declared Manila City as a “pro-life city” and discouraged contraceptives while in reality also banning access to information, services and supplies of modern contraceptives. This grave and systematic violation of CEDAW Convention has aggravated the Reproductive Rights activists to seek support of the international mechanisms namely the Inquiry Procedure under the Optional Protocol of the CEDAW. This well written report documents the processes and outcomes of request for inquiry submitted by a NGO group on behalf of women in Philippines. The inclusion of the tools used for evidence gathering and various press releases renders this document highly useful as a guide for other countries to make use of the OP CEDAW particularly in the ASEAN region.
The Primer on the Inquiry Procedure under the OP CEDAW (Leaflet)
The Optional Protocol to CEDAW creates a mechanism through which women who have been denied access to their rights as enshrined in the CEDAW Convention can have their claims reviewed by a committee of independent experts that monitors compliance with the CEDAW Convention. But the highly technical text contained in the Optional Protocol act as significant barriers that discourages affected women from using the OP mechanism. This leaflet prepared by EngedeRights successfully demystifies the OP text providing explanations in simple language on what are the OP about, its relevance, requirements, procedures, and confidentiality and state obligations.
Reasons why we need the RH Law by EnGendeRights
Written by Clara Rita A. Padilla, the Executive Director of EngerRights, the document gives 11 good reasons on why we need the reproductive health bill is needed in the Philippines. These reasons include important issues for women’s human rights such as: preventing unintended pregnancies, maternal deaths, infant mortality, supporting family planning choices, reducing abortion rates etc. Each reason is supported by a comprehensive analysis of facts and statistics that make a convincing argument for the passing of the Reproductive Health Law. The document thus is a powerful advocacy tool informing women and others concerned with women’s rights on the importance of the reproductive law both in Philippines and in other countries.
Do Our Laws Promote Gender Equality? - A Handbook for CEDAW-based Legal Reviews
A Handbook for CEDAW-Based Legal Reviews is a user-friendly guide for reviewing laws to identify whether they discriminate against women. Using the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as a framework, this handbook specially developed from experience in Southeast Asia, but applicable globally, takes you step-by-step through the process of measuring CEDAW compliance in national laws. From planning to carrying out a legal review, with advice to maximize your success along the way, this handbook shows government, NGOs, academics and practitioners working towards gender equality how to formulate CEDAW-based legal indicators, identify discriminatory provisions and gaps using these indicators, develop recommendations and use your CEDAW-based legal review to advocate for changes in law for gender equality.
Gender and Land Rights Database (FAO)
In some parts of the world, women, especially in rural areas, have been struggling to access and secure their rights to land. Various international human rights standards specifically CEDAW have made it sure that women are able to fully realize these rights.
Time for Action: CEDAW Implementation in Southeast Asia
This publication presents the various ways in which both governments and civil society actors have used the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to make the promise of non-discrimination and equality one step closer to reality for women. The book is born out of UN Women’s concentrated efforts in raising awareness about the Convention and women’s right among both duty bearers and rights holders in seven countries in Southeast Asia – Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam. It shows how CEDAW has been used in advocacy for stronger legal frameworks that prohibit discrimination against women and advance women’s human rights, in sensitizing the justice system to protect the rights of women, in guiding local development and budget allocation processes. It demonstrates the innovative ways in which civil society organizations are popularizing CEDAW, reaching out to excluded groups of women, and using it as a means to hold their government accountable.
Domestic Violence Legislation and its Implementation
Domestic Violence is an unacceptable violation of human rights. Governments and civil society activists around the world have drafted and enacted special laws to address domestic violence, to prevent violence in homes and provide adequate protection to survivors. Eight out of ten countries in the ASEAN region have enacted such special laws and provisions. Their compliance with CEDAW and other international standards is examined in the research paper “International Standards and Review of Domestic Violence Legislations in ASEAN Countries”.
The de facto implementation of the domestic violence legislation requires coordinated responses from the government agencies and service providers. “Global Good Practices Implementation – Creating a Domestic Violence Response System” is a second paper that provides an analysis of global good practices of such multi-stakeholder responses. ASEAN governments can draw from this publication to better implement their commitments to gender equality and eliminating domestic violence.
Gender Equality Laws - Global Good Practice and a Review of Five Southeast Asian Countries
This publication comprehensively examines and analyses gender quality laws from around the world, providing a range of CEDAW-informed good practice examples. It addresses the need for clear recommendations on gender equality laws, particularly the benefits of such laws, the essential provisions, and the substance of good practice gender equality laws. This is an invaluable resource to both government and non-governmental actors alike in the development of new gender equality laws and the implementation of such existing laws.
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.
CEDAW Briefing Kit
The CEDAW Briefing Kit is a basic introduction to the Convention. It explains the key principles of the Convention in simple terms, and offers a quick glance at the articles of the Convention and a description of the CEDAW Committee's General Recommendations. It also provides brief information on the CEDAW reporting process, including what State reporting entails and the role NGOs can play in the reporting process.
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 and the Human Rights Based Approach to Programming
This publication is a practical guide to the human rights-based approach (HRBA) to programming for UN Women 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: Restoring Rights to Women
This publication produced in 2004 by Partners for Law in Development ( New Delhi ), in cooperation with UNIFEM (now UN Women) and Zonta International, is intended as a reference and resource for those seeking a better understanding of CEDAW. Restoring Rights to Women looks at the basic rights principles and concepts that are the foundation of the Convention, examines its scope and coverage, and offers an in-depth discussion of how it can be used as a framework to promote gender equality and protect the human rights of women. The publication aims not only to provide information, but also to encourage dynamic inquiry and application of CEDAW.
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.
"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.
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 UN Women’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.
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.
Claim and Celebrate Women Migrants’ Human Rights through CEDAW
This publication takes women's migration for work as an illustration to demonstrate how the methodological framework of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) can be used effectively to address the long-term and immediate concerns of women migrants, at all stages of the migration process, even in the absence from the Convention of a specific Article on migration.
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.
Turning the Tide: CEDAW and the Gender Dimensions of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
"Turning the Tide" is an invaluable resource for groups and organizations working in the area of HIV/AIDS. It explores the standards established by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and clarifies how they apply in the prevention of HIV/AIDS in women.
UNIFEM-CEDAW Panel on Addressing Women Migrant Workers' Concerns
This is a collection of transcripts from a 2003 panel discussion organised by UNIFEM (now UN Womne) on addressing the concerns of women migrant workers using CEDAW. Presentations cover issues such as human rights violations against and protections for women migrant workers, and challenges faced in dealing with their situation particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Speakers included CEDAW Committee members, and UN experts on migration. Also included in the publication are key points raised in an 'open forum' discussion segment between CEDAW Committee members and panelists.