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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The Declaration on Political Harassment and Violence Against Women was issued in the framework of the Convention of Belém do Pará, held in October 2015, highlights the urgency of dealing with the multiple manifestations of harassment and violence...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
In 2013 the 29th General Assembly of the Latin American Parliament, that took place on 19-20 October, approved the Resolution on the political participation of women, which “reaffirms the commitment to substantive equality of women and men,...
Friday, January 15, 2016
In July 2015, the government of Afghanistan launched the Afghan National Action Plan for implementing the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)...
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden has launched its ‘Swedish Foreign Service action plan for feminist foreign policy 2015-2018 including focus areas for 2016’. This plan departs from the idea that gender equality is an end in itself, but...
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Women are the first and most affected victims of conflicts around the world. Iraqi women know this as they have suffered difficult conditions and catastrophes in the aftermath of several wars and economic sanctions in the past decades, starting from...
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Security Council Resolution 1325, issued in the year 2000 on "Women, Peace and Security" together with the subsequent and related complementary decisions, constituted a critical turning point in addressing the human security of women during and...
UNDP youth strategy 2014-2017
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Worldwide, youth face myriad challenges in terms of access to equal opportunities to jobs and having a voice in decisions which affect their lives.  In response to the worldwide phenomenon of young men and women calling for meaningful civic,...
UNDP youth strategy
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Gender equality and the empowerment of women are at the heart of UNDP’s development mandate. First and foremost, gender equality is a matter of human rights. It is also a driver of development progress. Unless women and girls are able to fully...
Women in Libya
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Although Libyan women compose half of the population and were at the forefront of the February 17th revolution, among the tragedies of the transition period has been the severe blow to women’s rights. This has included previously unparalleled crimes...
Friday, October 03, 2014
The 122nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Emphasizing the need to prevent and counter all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on age, in accordance with the principle of non-discrimination enshrined in the Universal...
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The first ever indigenous peoples world conference concludes with a focus on climate.The Outcome Document also focuses on the rights of indigenous women and addressed the problem of violence against women, which he said “must be at the top of the...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Beijing +20 is the process to assess the implementation by governments and other stakeholders of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. These Beijing outcome document...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The evidence has never been clearer that women’s political, economic, and social participation and leadership are vital to development. Countries where women are fairly represented in government enjoy greater security, higher levels of development,...
Friday, April 11, 2014
The Security Council adopted resolution (S/RES/1325) on women and peace and security on 31 October 2000. The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building,...
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Gender equality and the empowerment of women are at the heart of UNDP's development mandate. First and foremost, gender equality is a matter of human rights. It is also a driver of development progress. Unless women and girls are able to fully...
Friday, November 01, 2013
The National Action Plan (NAP) is the Philippine Government’s response to the three landmark international normative standards on women, peace and security, namely, 1325 (2000) or the Women, Peace and Security, 1820 (2008) on Addressing the Issue of...
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The participation of women in key decision-making processes related to peace and security is a goal in itself. Their contribution is also important in preventing, managing and resolving conflict, and not least in building up societies after conflict...
Friday, July 12, 2013
The Plan of Action for Gender-sensitive Parliaments was adopted unanimously by the 127th IPU Assembly (Quebec City, October 2012). It is a key policy document for the IPU and its member Parliaments. It was drawn up following extensive consultation...
Sunday, June 23, 2013
UN Security Council resolution 2106, adopted in 2013, adds greater operational details to previous resolutions on this topic, reiterates that all actors, including not only the Security Council and parties to armed conflict, but all Member States...
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
As of 13 March 2013   African Women’s Caucus Position Statement 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls   The African Women’s Caucus representing African...
Thursday, January 10, 2013
“UNESCO believes that all forms of discrimination on the basis of gender are violations of human rights, and a significant barrier to peace, sustainable development and the achievement of all internationally recognized development goals”. English-...
Friday, November 09, 2012
IPU members have committed to a comprehensive Plan of Action on gender-sensitive parliaments, aimed at radically transforming the way national institutions address gender equality. The action plan, a potentially far-reaching outcome of the 127th IPU...
Thursday, August 02, 2012
The report summarizes the key deliberations and outcomes of the said Conference organized in October 2011 by the Parliament of Bangladesh and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the framework of the “Improving Democracy through...
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The General Assembly, Reaffirming  the  obligations  of  all  States  to  promote  and  protect  human  rights and fundamental freedoms as stated in the Charter of the United Nations, and guided by the purposes and principles of human rights...
Monday, May 11, 2009
This presentation was made at the meeting on Increasing Momentum for UNSCR 1325 National Action Plans. It discusses the processes in developing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 National Action Plans (NAPS) and the challenges connected...
Monday, May 11, 2009
This is a summary report from the meeting aimed at discussing strategies for increasing the development and implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 National Action Plans. The meeting was convened by Mary Robinson, former...
Monday, April 06, 2009
This document is a Call to Action from the participants of the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security. The declaration calls for accelerating the full implementation of UN Security...
Friday, March 27, 2009
This publication is divided into 10 chapters. Chapter 1 introduces and provides an overview of the indicators that have been developed and applied to assess CEDAW legislative compliance in the 9 Pacific Island countries. National constitutions and...
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This publication assesses the extent to which the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action recognized and addressed the issues of Asia Pacific women. The nine issues areas the assessment focuses on are: Intersectionality of women's rights; Gender...
Monday, January 19, 2009
This summary report outlines the main outcomes of the IDRC sponsored conference on Women's Political Participation and Access to Basic Services in the Context of Decentralization. The summary highlights findings of the research conducted on the...
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
These posters were developed to raise public awareness in Cambodia on the CEDAW principles regarding equal access to education and women's participation in all work areas.
Monday, April 21, 2008
This Report evaluates the evolution of the Cairo Program of Action, and focuses on sexual and reproductive rights and sexual and reproductive health. It identifies and analyzes the normative progress in 20 countries in the region. It also presents...
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
This document is a proposal, in permanent construction, of the Declaration of Human Rights from a Gender Perspective, that integrates the progress related to human rights since 1948. It presents the following chapters: I. Rights of identity and...
Thursday, October 11, 2007
This factsheet describes the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) and its importance in supporting worldwide efforts to stop violence against women in all spheres of life.
Friday, May 11, 2007
This report evaluates the progress made by Council of Europe member states since the Beijing conference. It provides updated information on national machinery, action plans and gender mainstreaming strategies set up to promote equality between women...
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Unanimously adopted by the General Assembly in 1999, the Optional Protocol lays out the procedure for the receipt and consideration of complaints to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979, CEDAW sets an agenda for States Parties to take all measures and appropriate action including taking temporary special measures to reduce gender gaps and eliminate discrimination against women.
Monday, March 12, 2007
This document contains two international agreements outlining standards for election observation, as agreed upon by a number of international organizations.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
This code of conduct, agreed upon by the political parties of Macedonia, sets forth rules and standards for ensuring free and fair parliamentary elections. It focuses particularly on regulations relating to rule of law and electoral conduct.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
This plan of action represents the Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) main intellectual input to the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. It proposes steps to remedy women's low involvement in political life by covering four...

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