ADVOCACY KIT ON THE CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN
The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 and ratified by 139 UN member states, is essentially a bill of rights for women. This kit contains five booklets and nine information sheets on its provisions, its relevance to women's human rights, and the compatibility between CEDAW and the Child Rights Convention.
UNIFEM/UNICEF, 1995. paper; 45 pp. US$5.95
Also available in Spanish and French.
EMPOWERMENT AND THE LAW
Strategies of Third World Women
Margaret Schuler (Ed.)
The 50 case studies in this book describe how women worldwide are gaining the skills needed to enforce the law or to challenge it in order to assert rights, redress injustices or gain access to economic and political resources. Issues addressed include: the state, law and development; custom, religion, ethnicity and law; and violence and exploitation.
OEF International, 1986. paper; 472 pp. ISBN 0-912917-11-3 US$20.00
A Tool for Women's Empowerment
Margaret Schuler and Sakuntala Kadirgamar-Rajasingham (Eds.)
This book explores legal literacy as a process for women's empowerment, and critiques existing methods and programmes. Presenting experiences and strategies from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, Legal Literacy examines ways of promoting women's capacities to understand the law; to assert rights; and to change limiting definitions of gender roles, status, and rights in the law and in daily practice.
OEF International/UNIFEM, 1992. paper; 340 pp. ISBN 0-912917-25-3 US$24.00
STATE RESPONSES TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Current Status and Needed Improvements
Women, Law and Development International
What laws exist to address domestic violence? How effective have they been? What can be done to improve the situation? Answers to these questions and an overview of current legal responses to domestic violence are provided in this report, which draws on both a review of laws and a survey of women's rights advocates worldwide. It outlines international human rights instruments that support the adoption of laws in this area, and provides a model for drafting legislation.
State Responses is also intended to serve as a resource for both governments and NGOs worldwide to use in advocating for specific changes in the treatment of domestic violence within their country's legal system.
Women, Law and Development International, 1996. paper; 151 pp. US$10.00
WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS STEP BY STEP
A Practical Guide For Using International Law And Mechanisms To Defend Women's Human Rights
Women's Human Rights Step by Step provides an overall guide to human rights mechanisms and strategies at all levels and in all regions. It describes, in simple language, the concept and content of human rights law and its applicability to women, and provides tools which can be adapted to suit different legal and political contexts. Case studies show how women's human rights advocates are using the human rights system successfully to enforce their rights. The manual can be used as a beginning 'course' for activists; as a reference to selected human rights mechanisms; as a process tool for developing human rights strategies; and as a guide for documenting abuses. Glossary; list of instruments and ratifications; resources.
Women, Law and Development International/ Women's Rights Project, 1997. paper; 200 pp. US$20.00
WOMEN, LAW AND DEVELOPMENT
Action for Change
Margaret Schuler (Ed.)
These case studies present actions that have been taken by women from Asia, Africa, and Latin America to improve women's legal status. Also included are papers on the growth of networks on women, law and development in each of the three regions, as well as projections for future work.
OEF International, 1990. paper; 116 pp. US$8.00
WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Formal Laws and Policies Affecting Their Reproductive Lives
This book reviews the formal laws and policies of Brazil, China, India, Germany, Nigeria and the United States, identifies the factors underlying policy differences in each country, and provides summary statistics on a range of issues: population and family planning; contraception, including abortion and sterilisation; sexually transmitted diseases; safe motherhood; sexual violence; and patient rights.
Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, 1995. paper; 40 pp. US$5.00
Watched and Punished
Latin American Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights
This report, based on a regional seminar on Criminal Law and Women (Brazil, 1992) analyses the position of women in the justice systems of Latin America and the Caribbean. It discusses a range of women's human rights violations, strategies to achieve legal reform, and the experience of groups struggling against these problems.
CLADEM, 1993. paper; 316 pp. US$25.00
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