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Using the international human rights system to protect and promote the rights of women migrant workers

Monday, July 31, 2017

This brief provides an overview of the international human rights system as it applies to the promotion and protection of women migrant workers’ rights. Using examples from the joint UN Women–European Union project, “Promoting and protecting women migrant workers’ labour and human rights”, this brief illustrates how these mechanisms can be used by governments, civil society and development partners to enhance the rights of women migrant workers in law and practice. More

Why and how constitutions matter for advancing gender equality: Gains, gaps and policy implications

Monday, February 20, 2017

This policy brief outlines the gains and gaps in gender-responsive constitution-making over the years, and the policy lessons that can be drawn from these for ongoing constitutional and post-constitutional reforms. More

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) for Youth

Monday, December 19, 2016

CEDAW for Youth is a youth-friendly version of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. This resource explains why CEDAW is important to youth, describes CEDAW’s impact in advancing gender equality and human rights for women and girls around the world and summarizes the articles of CEDAW, including the specific forms of discrimination that must be ended and how CEDAW is implemented and monitored. More

Formulating and implementing gender-responsive and coherent migration and anti-trafficking laws in the Philippines

Thursday, October 13, 2016

This CEDAW-based legal review of the Magna Carta of migrant workers and the anti-trafficking laws in the Philippines is indispensable to give concrete recommendations on improving laws that protect women migrant workers. It aims to identify gender discrimination in laws and underscore state obligations to address existing gender discrimination in laws. More

CEDAW-based legal review of migration and anti-trafficking laws in the Philippines

Thursday, October 13, 2016

This review comprised chiefly of desk research. To determine whether the Philippines has complied with its state obligations, the study used the UN-identified CEDAW indicators contained in the handbook entitled Do Our Laws Promote Gender Equality? More

Gender Equality and Sustainable Development: A Pathways Approach

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This paper puts forward a ‘gendered pathways approach’, as a conceptual framework for addressing the interactions, tensions and trade-offs between different dimensions of gender equality and of sustainability. It was produced for UN Women's flagship report the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender and Sustainable Development. It is now also released as part of the UN Women discussion paper series. More

Guide on mainstreaming migration into development planning from a gender perspective

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This Guide discusses how migration is mainstreamed into the Philippines development framework, particularly from a gender perspective. This requires mainstreaming M&D issues in every phase of the development planning cycle. More

Brief on mainstreaming migration into development planning from a gender perspective

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This brief discusses how migration is mainstreamed into the Philippines development framework, particularly from a gender perspective. This requires mainstreaming migration and development (M&D) issues in every phase of the development planning cycle. More

Towards gender equality through sanitation access

Friday, March 11, 2016

This discussion paper reviews the extensive literature on sanitation to show that inadequate access to this basic service prevents the realization of a range of human rights and of gender equality. This paper was featured at an event on Emerging Issues in Gender and WASH held during the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in 2016. More

Mexico’s commitment to the human rights of women migrant workers

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

This publication seeks to contribute to the level of harmonization between national policies and international standards of human rights of women migrant workers and to improve the accountability of States Parties in their compliance with international conventions. It is also an instrument for the preparation of reports on Mexico's commitments in 2016 for the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination against Women) and CMW (Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families) committees. More

Gender assessment of the refugee and migration crisis in Serbia and fYR Macedonia

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

This is an assessment of the international and national response to the refugee crisis in Serbia and fYR Macedonia from a gender perspective, carried out in Fall 2015. More

UN Women policy brief series

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The UN Women policy brief series synthesizes research findings, analysis and policy recommendations on key policy areas around gender equality and women’s rights in an accessible format. The series aims to bridge the research and policy divide by identifying issues that require urgent policy attention and propose a set of suitable measures to address them. More

Training for Gender Equality: Twenty Years On

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Training for Gender Equality: Twenty Years On analyses how training for gender equality has evolved from the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (PFA) to the present day. More

Guidebook on CEDAW general recommendation no. 30 and the UN Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

This Guidebook aims to increase knowledge about the CEDAW Committee’s landmark General recommendation no. 30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations, and the Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, and how these frameworks can be used to strengthen and reinforce each other. The Guidebook provides information on the content of the General Recommendation and the Security Council resolutions and on the reporting and monitoring mechanisms. More

Analysis of tendencies, causes, risks, vulnerabilities and capabilities regarding women migrating for work

Saturday, August 1, 2015

This report is a result of a situational assessment of women migrant workers from Moldova in 2015. The research implied desk review, in-depth interviews with NGOs, governmental representatives and remittance mediators, and surveys with women who have migrated or plan to migrate for work in the future. It enriches existent Moldovan migrant profiles, and presents aspects that enhance the understanding and capacities of target groups to better address gender equality and women’s rights dimensions of labour migration. More

Gender equality and human rights

Monday, July 6, 2015

The paper introduces a four-dimensional approach to substantive equality and how it can be used to evaluate the impact of social and economic policies on women to determine how to make the economy 'work for women' and advance gender equality. This paper was produced for UN Women's flagship report Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016 and is released as part of the UN Women discussion paper series. More

Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

Monday, April 27, 2015

Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016 brings together human rights and economic policymaking, and provides the key elements for a far-reaching new policy agenda that can transform economies and make women’s rights a reality. Through solid in-depth analysis and data, this evidence-based report provides key recommendations on moving towards an economy that truly works for women, for the benefit of all. More

Reproductive rights are human rights: A handbook for national human rights institutions

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The purpose of this handbook is to provide national human right institutions with tools and guidance on how to integrate reproductive rights into their work. More

Gender-based Violence and Child Protection among Syrian Refugees in Jordan, with a Focus on Early Marriage

Monday, July 15, 2013

This publication is an inter-agency assessment of gender-based violence, including forced or early marriage, and child protection issues among Syrian refugees in host communities in Jordan. It consisted of a household survey, focus group discussions, and in-depth interviews covering 11 out of 12 governorates in Jordan, targeting almost 80 per cent of the refugee population that is not residing in the camps. More

A transformative stand-alone goal on achieving gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment: Imperatives and key components

Monday, July 1, 2013

In the midst of a global conversation about the legacy and next steps after the MDGs, UN Women calls for a commitment to achieving gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in the post-2015 development framework and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To make a difference, the new framework must be transformative, by addressing the structural impediments to gender equality and the achievement of women’s rights. More

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