CEDAW-in-action Working Group

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Subject: CEDAW-in-action Working Group
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Mon Feb 08 1999 - 18:05:41 EST


JOIN THE UNIFEM/IWRAW ASIA-PACIFIC INTERNET WORKING GROUP
TO ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN USING CEDAW

JOIN ACTIVISTS AND CEDAW EXPERTS WORLDWIDE,
SHARE INFORMATION ON USING THE WOMEN'S CONVENTION
TO MAKE EQUALITY REAL FOR WOMEN

SEND YOUR INPUT TO THE UN MEETING ON BEIJING+5

1999 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of
All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). During the past 20
years, women's human rights advocates have learned critical lessons in
successfully implementing the Convention, and using it to end
discrimination against women.

UNIFEM and the International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW)
Asia-Pacific are hosting an Internet Working Group, CEDAW-in-action, to
support women's human rights advocates and others in sharing experience
and knowledge on implementing CEDAW.

This Working Group is a response to requests for such a venue to
discuss CEDAW, which have come from: the annual UNIFEM/IWRAW
Asia-Pacific "Global to Local" training on the Convention; the
End-violence Working Group contributions on CEDAW and violence; and the
booklet developed by UNIFEM, "Bringing Equality Home." The booklet
documents success stories of ways women's NGOs have used CEDAW to help
change legislation, achieve court victories, and influence governmental
policy. Cases, information and insights from the Working Group will
contribute to the next edition of "Bringing Equality Home."

The Working Group, which runs from 11 February to 30 April, 1999,
provides an opportunity to build a global information exchange for
advocates working with CEDAW. It will:

- Build a resource of success stories in implementing CEDAW at the
national level
- Share effective strategies for implementation of CEDAW principles
- Identify challenges to implementation of CEDAW
- Identify needs and resources for implementation of the Convention
- Discuss best practices and strategies for monitoring implementation
- Exchange information on the Optional Protocol to CEDAW

Join the CEDAW-in-action Working Group! Don't miss this opportunity to
share information, exchange strategies, and have input into the UN
Beijing+5 Meeting evaluating implementation of the Beijing Platform for
Action!

We extend a special invitation to the participants of the annual
UNIFEM/IWRAW Asia-Pacific CEDAW "Global to Local" Training Workshop and
the End-violence Working Group. We hope you will share your
experiences!

HOW TO JOIN THE CEDAW-IN-ACTION WORKING GROUP

Anyone who has electronic mail with Internet access can subscribe to
the CEDAW-in-action Working Group. To join, please send an e-mail to
the LISTSERV host:

majordomo@edc-cit.org

Do *not* enter a subject. In the body of the message, type the text:

SUBSCRIBE cedaw-in-action

Do *not* put anything after cedaw-in-action. You will receive a
Welcome Letter to the Working Group.

WORKING GROUP ADMINISTRATOR

This Working Group is administered and moderated by Education
Development Center, a non-profit organization. EDC is working
collaboratively with UNIFEM and IWRAW Asia Pacific, with direct support
from UNIFEM.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information, please contact:

Janice Brodman
jbrodman@edc.org

INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT

Shanthi Dairiam
Director, IWRAW Asia-Pacific

Ilana Landsberg-Lewis
UNIFEM Advisor on CEDAW


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