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The following is a list of publications and resources that relate to working with the United Nations. If you have a publications you would like to share with us, please write to: info@violenceisnotourculture.org

Female Genital Mutliation/Cutting: A Statistical Overview and an Exploration of the Dynamics of Change

September, 2013

This report is a comprehensive statistical overview of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in the 29 countries where the practice is concentrated. Analysisof the data reflects current perspectives on FGM/C, informed by the latest policy, programmatic and theoretical evidence. The purpose of the report is to generate an in-depth understanding of FGM/C that can be applied to the development of policies and programmes, with the ultimate aim of eliminating the practice.


November 2012 Report Of The Special Rapporteur In The Field Of Cultural Rights

November, 2012

The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 19/6 and focuses on the enjoyment of cultural rights by women on an equal basis with men.

 The Special Rapporteur proposes to shift the paradigm from one that views culture as an obstacle to women’s rights to one that seeks to ensure equal enjoyment of cultural rights; such an approach also constitutes an important tool for the realization of all their human rights.  

Enforcing Rights and Correcting Wrongs: Overcoming Gender Barriers in Legal Systems

December, 2011

The aims of this paper are two-fold: to uncover barriers to equality in legal systems that restrict human rights along gender lines – patent and latent; and to propose possible ways to redress legal discrimination for accelerating human development.

The focus of evidence is from countries of Asia-Pacific. However, given widespread gender-linked gaps in justice systems, and similarities of legal challenges posed, the paper is expected to be relevant also for other similarly placed countries.

My M&E: Resource Center on Equity, Human Rights and Gender Equality-sensitive Evaluations

December, 2011

UNICEF and UN Women are pleased to announce the launch of a new free electronic resource center on Equity, Gender Equality and Human Rights responsive evaluation available at http://www.mymande.org/.

Multi-Sectoral Approach to Women's Rights in Africa

June, 2011

In response to the growing need for implementation tools, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has released a detailed manual on promoting women’s rights. The release comes at a critical time after many governments have ratified human rights treaties but have yet to fully adopt the commitments in national law.

The Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

October, 2011
UN Special Rapporteur on Iran - Ahmed Shaheed

The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 16/9, which establishes the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the first country mandate of the Human Rights Council on the Islamic Republic of Iran since the termination in 2002 of the mandate of the former Commission on Human Rights. The resolution mandates the Special Rapporteur to: (a) submit an interim report to the General Assembly at its sixty-sixth session and (b) to submit a report to the Human Rights Council for consideration at its nineteenth session. It also calls upon the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to cooperate fully with the mandate holder and to permit access to visit the country as well as provide all necessary information to enable the fulfilment of the mandate.

Confronting Gender-Based Violence against Women and Girls in Chad.

September, 2011
UNICEF

UNICEF's Cheryl Uys-Allie reports on initiatives led by women to confront gender-based violence against women and girls in Chad. Watch the video below.


UNRISD Policy Brief: Religion, Politics and Gender Equality

May, 2011
UNRISD

Contrary to modernist predictions that religion would retreat into a private zone of worship and practice, recent decades have seen religion become increasingly salient on the political stage worldwide. Does this matter? From the point of view of women’s rights and gender equality, much is at stake. UNRISD research shows that politicized religion impinges on women’s rights in problematic ways. The challenge to gender equality comes not just from fundamentalist agendas, but also from those who instrumentalize women’s rights for political ends. 

Download the full document below.

“Son Preference” Perpetuates Discrimination and Violations of Women’s Rights

June, 2011
OHCHR, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and the WHO


14 June 2011 - GENEVA – Gender-biased sex selection reflects and fuels a culture of discrimination and violence, and must be addressed urgently by all segments of government and society as a matter of women’s human rights, five UN agencies have stressed. 

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