International Women's Health Coalition - United Nations Population Fund Restoration Act (S. 2682) Introduced by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) What it is Why you should support it Bill status Take action What it is >>
Violence against Women - Gender Issues - UNIFEM Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. It can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, and it cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools, the workplace, in farm fields, refugee camps, during conflicts and crises. It has many manifestations — from the most universally prevalent forms of domestic and sexual violence, to harmful practices, abuse during pregnancy, so-called honour killings and other types of femicide. International and regional legal instruments have clarified obligations of States to prevent, eradicate and punish violence against women and girls. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) requires that countries party to the Convention take all appropriate steps to end violence.
6 January 2011 – In an effort to help law enforcement agencies in southern Africa respond to gender-based violence effectively, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime ( UNODC ) said today that it has launched a handbook and a training curriculum to improve the capacity of national police forces in the region to combat the problem. Through the UNODC-backed capacity-building initiative, the agency is working with officials and civil society in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to support law enforcement and national criminal justice systems in their efforts to tackle violence against women. The handbook is designed for first-responders, such as the police, and helps to define violence against women by providing an overview of relevant norms and standards, and giving guidance on how to intervene. It focuses on how to investigate acts of violence against women, a process that requires sensitivity. backs efforts against gender-based violence in southern Africa
International humanitarian law aims to prevent and alleviate human suffering in war without discrimination based on sex. But it does recognize that women face specific problems in armed conflict, such as sexual violence and risks to their health. War is not just a man’s business. Women protected under international humanitarian law
UN-Resolution 1325 - UN-Resolutionen - Gunda-Werner-Institut Mit der am 31. Oktober 2000 verabschiedeten Resolution 1325 zu „Frauen, Frieden und Sicherheit“ (Women, Peace and Security) des UN-Sicherheitsrates wird völkerrechtlich verbindlich geregelt, dass Frauen auf allen Ebenen von Friedensprozessen und Sicherheitspolitik angemessen zu beteiligen sind. Die UN-Mitgliedsstaaten werden aufgerufen, die unterschiedlichen Lebensbedingungen von Frauen und Männern im Kontext von Krieg und Nachkriegssituationen, in der zivilen Krisenprävention und beim staatlichen Wiederaufbau zu berücksichtigen. Frauen und Mädchen sind vor sexualisierter Gewalt zu schützen. Der Inhalt der Resolution lässt sich also mit drei „P“s zusammenfassen: Partizipation, Prävention und Protektion.
Zu wenig Friedensmangagerinnen: Krieg bleibt Männersache Zu wenig Friedensmangagerinnen Vor zehn Jahren verabschiedete die UN die "Resolution 1325". Mit ihr sollten Frauen in Krisengebieten "Friedensmanagerinnen" werden. von SIMONE SCHMOLLACK Frauen sind meistens die Opfer bei kriegerischen Auseinandersetzungen. Bild: dpa BERLIN | Zehn Jahre nachdem der Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen beschlossen hat, Frauen stärker am globalen und regionalen Konfliktmanagement zu beteiligen, fällt die Bilanz eher düster aus.
Women and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Issues and Sources | Publications | UNRISD Women and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Issues and Sources is a review of literature dealing with political, economic and social reconstruction from a gender perspective. One of its objectives is to go beyond conventional images of women as victims of war, and to document the many different ways in which women make a contribution to the rebuilding of countries emerging from armed conflicts. Special attention is given to women's priority concerns, to their resources and capacities, and to structural and situational factors that may reduce their participation in reconstruction processes. A second aim is to shed light on how post-war reconstruction processes influence the reconfiguration of gender roles and positions in the wake of war, and how women's actions shape the construction of post-war social structures.
Women's health Tools and Guidelines Reporting and interpreting data on sexual violence from conflict-affected countries: dos and don’ts (UN Action guidance note) Gender considerations in disaster assessment WHO ethical and safety recommendations for researching, documenting and monitoring sexual violence in emergencies
War has always impacted men and women in different ways, but possibly never more so than in contemporary conflicts. While women remain a minority of combatants and perpetrators of war, they increasingly suffer the greatest harm. In contemporary conflicts, as much as 90 percent of casualties are among civilians, most of whom are women and children. Women, War & Peace - Gender Issues - UNIFEM
A global policy-making body, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) , dedicated exclusively to the promotion of gender equality and the advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide. Read more: About CSW , Documentation , NGO Participation The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013. Commission on the Status of Women
All human development and human rights issues have gender dimensions. UN Women focuses on priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board. Violence against Women This fundamental violation of women’s rights remains widespread, affecting all countries. Women need strong laws, backed by implementation and services for protection and prevention. Focus Areas
Follow us on: The Commission's mandate was expanded in 1987 by ECOSOC resolution 1987/22 to include the functions of promoting the objectives of equality, development and peace, monitoring the implementation of measures for the advancement of women, and reviewing and appraising progress made at the national, subregional, regional and global levels. Following the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women , the General Assembly mandated the Commission to integrate into its programme a follow-up process to the Conference, regularly reviewing the critical areas of concern in the Beijing Platform for Action and to develop its catalytic role in mainstreaming a gender perspective in United Nations activities. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) again modified the Commission's terms of reference in 1996, in its resolution 1996/6, deciding that the Commission should: Commission on the Status of Women-Follow-up to Beijing and Beijing + 5
Being a man or a woman has a significant impact on health, as a result of both biological and gender-related differences. The health of women and girls is of particular concern because, in many societies, they are disadvantaged by discrimination rooted in sociocultural factors. For example, women and girls face increased vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. Some of the sociocultural factors that prevent women and girls to benefit from quality health services and attaining the best possible level of health include: Women's health
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