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Women's Rights

Gender equality: Women’s rights in review 25 years after Beijing

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women),

September 1995 saw the largest-ever global gathering on gender equality: the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China. The commitments and actions that Member States agreed that year in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action remain our most comprehensive and transformative agenda for gender equality and the empowerment of women and…

Justice Policy Series, Part 1: Access to Justice

Open Government Partnership, Joseph Foti, Jessica Hickle, Maha Jweied,

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) provides an opportunity for government and civil society reformers to make government more transparent, participatory, and accountable. Working together, government and civil society co-create two-year action plans with concrete commitments across a broad range of issues that are then monitored by OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM). Until recently, access to…

Legal Empowerment as Social Entrepreneurship: The KwaZulu-Natal Cases of Bulwer and New Hanover

Fayth Ruffin, Winnie Kubayi Martins,

In this chapter, theoretical foundations of social entrepreneurship and legal empowerment are explored and intersection of these social actions by community based-paralegal practice in rural KwaZulu-Natal examined. Conceptually, integration of social entrepreneurship and legal empowerment innovatively contributes to the broader discourse on self-determined community development and democratic governance. Empirical evidence shows that community-based paralegals generate…

Female Genital Mutilation: Fact Sheet


iProbono is producing a series of fact sheets to provide basic information and clarify the law on some of the most serious concerns regarding violence against women and girls. The first fact sheet in the series is about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). While our fact sheets aim to provide a global perspective, the focus of…

UN Women Annual Report 2017-2018

UN Women,

The Annual Report documents UN Women’s work to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality around the world. It highlights some of the organization’s initiatives during the year and provides summary financial statements, a list of new programmes and projects, and contact information. The time is now! At a historic time when women’s activism is galvanized around…

Bringing justice close: an experiment in accessing justice with technology

Shreya Sen,

Legal empowerment enables poor and marginalized communities to be partners in development and decision-making. New technological tools are one type of innovation that helps legal empowerment groups reach difficult spaces. Nazdeek—a grassroots rights organization focusing on access to justice in India—has been working with tea plantation workers in Assam and slum dwellers in Delhi since…

El progreso de las mujeres en América Latina y el Caribe 2017

ONU Mujeres,

Este informe regional afianza nuestros conocimientos acerca de los cuellos de botella, los desafíos y las oportunidades para el empoderamiento económico de las mujeres en América Latina y el Caribe. También ofrece ejemplos de iniciativas que hacen realidad los derechos sociales y económicos de las mujeres. América Latina y el Caribe se encuentra en  una encrucijada de…

Acceso a la justicia para las mujeres víctimas de violencia en las Américas

Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH),

En este informe, elaborado por la CIDH, sobre la situación de las mujeres víctimas de violencia, se presenta un diagnóstico sobre los principales obstáculos que las mujeres enfrentan cuando procuran acceder a una tutela judicial efectiva para remediar actos de violencia. En el informe, la CIDH formula conclusiones y recomendaciones para que los Estados actúen…

Women, Food, Land: Exploring Rule of Law Linkages

International Development Law Organization ,

Women, Food, Land: Exploring Rule of Law Linkages provides an overview of the relationship between gender equality, food security and the rule of law. This report lays out a series of recommendations aimed at strengthening the synergies between the rule of law and gender equality within sustainable development programs to ensure food security for everyone….

How One Experience in Bangladesh Advanced Women’s Rights Work in Myanmar

Posted by Nant Thi Thi Oo in Gender, Legal Empowerment Network

The following is a blog by Nant Thi Thi Oo, a data entry associate with Namati’s program in Myanmar.    In November 2015, I had the chance to participate in a learning exchange hosted by Namati and the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association (BNWLA). I was very grateful to be selected to go. The exchange focused…