Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities
UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues
Report to the UN Human Rights Council Session 16
UN PUBLICATION ON MINORITIES
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11. Does the Situation of Minority Women Require Particular Attention?
Discrimination against women remains a persistent and universal problem.
However, some women's problems are compounded by their uniquely
disadvantaged position in society as members of national, racial, ethnic, religious
or linguistic minorities that are targets of discrimination. Women and girls
from disadvantaged minority groups experience multiple and intersectional
discrimination based both on their minority status and their gender.......
Partial checklist proposed of issues to which particular attention should be paid
in relation to minority women.
Examples from Extensive List:
*Minority women's access to specific social services, including education in
their own language and culturally sensitive health care, child care facilities, etc.
*The situation of minority women vis-a-vis matromonial property rights and the
tenure of the land and property in general.
*Minority women's equal access to humanitarian aid in conflicts or natural
*Particular discrimination against women on the basis of work of descent
(caste) and gender, for example women being forced to do particular tasks
such as manual scavenging or forced into prostitution.
*Supporting dialogue with women belonging to minorities especially in conflict
situations (with particular reference to Security Council Resolution 1325)......