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Infographic: Human rights of women

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Women are entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of all of their human rights and to be free from all forms of discrimination. Yet, discrimination against women persists in many areas, directly and indirectly, through laws and policies, social norms and practices and gender-based stereotypes. Gender equality before the law does not necessarily mean that women in practice have equal opportunities. This infographic takes a closer look at the various forms of discrimination women face. More

Human rights of women

Friday, November 14, 2014

This year, as we near the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, we take a look at how violence is not only an area of concern in its own right, but one which cuts across and intersects with each of its 12 critical areas of concern. A look at violence and the human rights of women... More

Women Migrant Workers' Human Rights

Friday, January 1, 2016

UN Women's Transforming our Future series introduces brief thematic documents with the goal of raising awareness on the importance of addressing such problems as inequality, the legal framework that mandates women's human rights protection, as well as to promote solutions from all areas of society. This leaflet presents central international instruments for the protection of the human rights of women migrant workers, and describes the link between gender and migration. 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 Equality and Women’s Human Rights: Unfinished Business

Monday, June 16, 2014

In her speech at the first global event as part of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign, held as a side event to the Nordic Forum in Sweden, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka states that now is the time to transform gender relations. More

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

Message of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Human Rights Day

Monday, December 9, 2013

UN Women Executive Director urges the world to prioritize the protection of women's human rights More

Integrating human rights and gender equality in evaluation: Towards UNEG guidance

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This guidance document provides step-by-step guidance on how to integrate human rights and gender equality dimensions throughout an evaluation process. This handbook integrates guidance on the two concepts of “human rights” and “gender equality” to take advantage of the synergies and overlap between these mutually reinforcing concepts, including the understanding that while gender equality is a human right, it is also a dimension of development in its own right. More

UN Women to co-sponsor Human Rights Day event against homophobia

Monday, December 9, 2013

On International Human Rights Day (10 December), the LGBT Core Group at the United Nations in New York will organize the event “Sport Comes out Against Homophobia”. More

State of the world population 2008: Reaching common ground: Culture, gender and human rights

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Development strategies should be more culturally sensitive to the promotion of human rights, especially women's rights, theUnited Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) annual report 2008-2009 finds, warning that otherwise many projects in poor countries are likely to fail. More

Informal Justice Systems: Charting a Course for Human Rights-based Engagement

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Informal Justice Systems: Charting a Course for Human Rights-Based Engagement is a study that has been jointly commissioned by UNDP, UNICEF and UN Women. More

Recommendations for addressing women's human rights in the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This document provides recommendations that underline the need for a human rights-based and gender-responsive approach to migration governance and give clear direction on the full inclusion of women’s rights in the formulation and implementation of the global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration. More

Women’s land rights are human rights, says new UN report

Monday, November 11, 2013

A woman’s right to own and control land is directly linked to the protection of her human rights, such as security, autonomy and freedom from discrimination. While several existing international human rights and policy instruments support this principle, a new publication highlights that there is an urgent need to adopt laws, policies and programmes to implement it effectively. More

Call for Communications allegations of human rights violations affecting the status of women

Monday, June 24, 2013

Individuals, non-governmental organizations, groups and networks are invited to submit written communications—including, but not limited to, complaints, appeals and petitions—to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with information on alleged injustices and human rights violations against women in any country. More

Guide for the Evaluation of Programmes and Projects with a Gender, Human Rights and Interculturality Perspective

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

In recent years, we have advanced progressively in the development of a conceptual and methodological basis for improving the processes of programme and project evaluation. This Guide has been elaborated with the intent of integrating gender equality, human rights and interculturality approaches into the UN Women evaluation cycle. It is a practical tool for those who undertake, manage and/or use evaluations. More

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