Discussion Forum by Topic: Gender Equality
"It is impossible to realize our goals while discriminating against half the human race. There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women." (Kofi Annan, Then UN Secretary-General, 2006)
In spite of a global effort to assure the respect of human rights and the strengthening of women role within our societies, full gender equality has not been achieved yet. On the contrary, women are still discriminated and their potential remains largely unexploited.
Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment do not only respond to the universal duty of respecting human rights, but represent major tools for fighting extreme poverty and realizing political, economic and social development for all.
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OHCHR have opted to structure its theme to compliment other on-line discussions moderated by sister agencies. The ┐Women and Human Rights┐ on-line discussion will thus focus on and around issues of accountability and access to justice. The discussion will start on 1 February and end on 28 February and will address the following sub-themes;
- National legal frameworks ┐ challenges, trends and best practices with respect to legal protection of women's human rights (Week 1);
- Accountability ┐ challenges, trends and best practices with respect to ensuring accountability for violations of human rights of women, including violence against women (Week 2);
- Access to justice ┐ challenges, trends and best practices with respect to women┐s access to justice (Week 3);
- Summary, wrap-up and observations (Week 4).
The discussion on "Women and Human Rights" organized by OHCHR is part of a series of United Nations online discussions dedicated to the fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000); and is coordinated by WomenWatch, an inter-agency project of the United Nations Inter-agency Network on Women and Gender Equality and a unique electronic gateway to web-based information on all United Nations entities' work and the outcomes of the United Nations┐ intergovernmental processes for the promotion of gender equality and women┐s empowerment.
Dates: 1 Feb 2010 - 28 Feb 2010
Published on 20 Jan 0024, Author: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [ UN ENTITY ]