ADVOCACY FOR WOMEN'S ECONOMIC, SOCIAL & CULTURAL RIGHTS - ESCR-NET
Advocacy within UN Bodies - CEDAW and CESCR
During the Women and ESCR discussions at the International Strategy Meeting on ESCR, the participants collectively decided that ESCR-Net's work on women's human rights should focus on reclaiming economic, social and cultural rights as women's human rights. With this goal in mind, the Women and ESCR group has developed two projects that focus on requesting that UN bodies more comprehensively address women's human rights issues and highlighting the importance of ensuring women's ESCR as a primary strategy for achieving gender equality. We have identified a two-prong advocacy approach: (1) creating resource material to create greater awareness and new knowledge on women's ESCR, and (2) engage directly with both the CEDAW and ESCR Committees, using the resource material described below, and advocate for a more direct integration of women's ESCR into their reporting sessions with States and eventually during communications brought under both treaties' Optional Protocols.
§ Resource Material
We are in the process of creating shadow report guidelines in conjunction with IWRAW Asia- Pacific on women's ESCR for both Committees, as well as a more general guide which delves into the value-added in engaging with both Committees on women's ESCR issues, both through shadow reporting and through the communications procedure of the Optional Protocols. The guide will begin to look closer at articulating women's rights issues and ESCR issues in an interdependent, interconnected and indivisible way and offer possibilities for advocacy using this framework.
§ Committee Engagement
conjunction with COHRE's Women and Housing Program and IWRAW-Asia Pacific, we
are planning a thematic briefing with the CEDAW Committee on women's ESCR at
the 45th session on January 25, 2010 in
If your organization is interested in being involved in this project or has information to share with the CEDAW or ESCR Committee's, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. To share information or strategies with other Women's ESCR advocates subscribe to the Women and ESCR Discussion Group. ESCR-FEMemail@example.com
If your organization has the capacity to more actively support the development of the case law database with relation to women's ESCR, please email Rebecca Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. To share information or strategies with other Women's ESCR advocates subscribe to the Women and ESCR Discussion Group.
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