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Women must continue to fight for equal rights, conference urges

Posted on 25 January 2013 by

By Olivia Alabaster for WLP Lebanon/CRTD-A

In the first session of the Equality Without Reservation conference Thursday, an emphasis was placed on the need to continuously work for women’s rights, even once conventions have been signed.sans-titre

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Where Is the Primacy of International Law in Transitional Countries like Kyrgyzstan?

Posted on 09 September 2010 by

Remarks delivered by Tolekan Ismailova, Director, Human Rights Center “Citizens against Corruption” on September 02, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain

“Human rights violations related to the recent tragic events in Kyrgyzstan and implications for the implementation of Helsinki commitments”

For a start, let me say that I would like to dedicate my speech to the thousands of people who have suffered injustice during the tragic events that occurred in Kyrgyzstan in April, May and June 2010. People who lost relatives and friends, people who were injured, people who were left without homes and means to exist, missing persons, victims of sexual and physical abuse, homeless children and orphans…

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What Can I Do About CEDAW? Own the Language and Fight the Fight

Posted on 18 December 2009 by

Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking with a community group in Vienna, Virginia, about the work of our Partnership in support of women’s leadership and human rights.  This well-informed group shared their thoughts on topics including honor killings in Jordan, the connections between social norms of violence against women and child abuse, how our partners effectively engage men, and — a question with which I frequently struggle — how US-based organizations and women’s rights activists can play a role in advocating for full implementation of CEDAW (the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) in other countries when we ourselves have yet to ratify it.

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To Fully Implement CEDAW, Nigeria Must Harmonize Customary, Statutory, and Religious Laws

Posted on 03 December 2009 by

In reading the recent article in IPS on discrimination against women in Nigeria, which used the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as a framework of analysis, it brought back memories of one of the core concerns raised by the CEDAW Committee members with the Nigerian government on its obligation to implement CEDAW in Nigeria.  This concern is basically the question of harmonising Nigeria’s tripartite legal system of Customary, Statutory and Religious laws. Even when the Nigerian Constitution has provisions of non-discrimination on the basis of sex, this is not the case with our customary laws and practices.

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Ambiguities in Morocco’s Lifting of CEDAW Reservations

Posted on 19 October 2009 by

Press Release from Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), Morocco on the National Day of Women

Following the royal statement issued on December 10, 2008 marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which announced the lifting of Morocco’s reservations to CEDAW, we have continued to receive congratulatory messages from individuals and national and international organizations about the new step taken by our country to emphasize its dedication to the principles of equality.

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One Step Closer to a Real Response

Posted on 06 October 2009 by

In a move that has largely occurred under the radar of the mainstream media, on September 30, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed resolution 1888 (2009), which further strengthens existing mechanisms for preventing and responding to violence against women and girls during armed conflict. Secretary Clinton’s visit to the Congo in August helped once again to bolster public discussion of this longstanding problem, and even in today’s news we see stories of horrific violence against women during political unrest in Guinea, but we need the work of international bodies and the commitment of governments to address the issue in a meaningful way, just as we need to tap into more effective social support mechanisms on the ground.

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UNSC 1888: Immediate and Complete Cessation of Acts of Sexual Violence in Situations of Armed Conflict

Posted on 01 October 2009 by

The Security Council,

Reaffirming its commitment to the continuing and full implementation of resolutions 1325 (2000), 1612 (2005), 1674 (2006), 1820 (2008) and 1882 (2009) and all relevant statements of its President,

Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General of 16 July 2009 (S/2009/362), but remaining deeply concerned over the lack of progress on the issue of sexual violence in situations of armed conflict in particular against women and children, notably against girls, and noting as documented in the Secretary-General’s report that sexual violence occurs in armed conflicts throughout the world,

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