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Resources: April 2009

New Resource: “Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society”

January, 2008
Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR)

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published a new, user-friendly handbook entitled “Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society.” The authoritative Handbook reviews United Nations human rights bodies and mechanisms, describing how they work and examining the many ways that civil society actors, including NGOs, can contribute to their work.

UN Report Emphasizes Role of Men in Eliminating Violence Against Women

December, 2008
United Nation Division for the Advancement of Women

In December of 2008, the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women published a report entitled The Role of Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality. The report recognizes that the pursuit of gender equality requires the efforts of both men and women, and that achieving meaningful social change necessitates the involvement of both genders.

United Nations Launches Database on Violence Against Women

March, 2009
United Nations Secretary General

The United Nations Secretary General launched a database on violence against women on 5 March 2009. The database is the product of a 2006 General Assembly resolution 61/143 calling for more efforts to eliminate violence against women, urging “States to ensure the systematic collection and analysis of data on violence against women”.

Sharaf Heroes -- Men who fight for women's rights

January, 2008

Sharaf Heroes is an anti-‘honour violence’ project launched in 2003 by the feminist, antiracist, Swedish organisation Electra. It seeks to educate young men from different backgrounds and religions in human rights and equality. Sharaf means honour in Arabic. It is in its original meaning a beautiful word but today, in the western world, it has come to be associated solely with violence and patriarchal oppression. Sharaf Heroes want to reclaim the word and its positive meaning.