Good overview on the role of men
This paper may be a bit behind on the HIV/AIDS data, but it is an insightful paper on equal sharing of responsibilities between men and women—from a man’s point of view. It was written for the UN Expert Group Meeting on “Equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including care-giving in the context of HIV/AIDS” in 2008 and is one of several papers you may find interesting from that meeting. For other papers see: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/egm/equalsharing/egm_equalsharing.htm
The Agreed Conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women is the most important UN document resulting from two weeks of deliberations on the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and other UN agreements. This final report includes the text of the Agreed Conclusion on the “access and participation of women and girls in education, training and science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work”. That sounds like a lot of topics to lump into one session but it ultimately made connections that needed to be made between gender equality, education in S and T and employment after graduation.
An insight into what indigenous women want
This series of briefing notes includes insights into how indigenous women face multiple discriminations on the basis of sex, race/ethnicity, language, culture, religion and class. It outlines key issues, provides practical solutions, and lays out a plan of action from indigenous women’s perspectives. As it is the product of the Permanent forum on Indigenous Issues, it has gone through extensive consultation with women leaders from diverse indigenous cultures—not an easy feat considering that indigenous peoples make up hundreds of nations, speaking different languages.
What does CEDAW have to say?
Article 12 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women outlines women’s rights to health as a human right. To guide governments on it implementation and interpretation—particularly in relationship to women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights—the CEDAW committee issued this General Recommendation number 24. I’m not a lawyer, but I understand why the detailed outline of what Article 12 covers is important—HIV/AIDS, sexual health information, fully informed consent, family planning, and women with disabilities are included. Many governments fail to gather data on these issues and a General Recommendation helps to make collecting the facts obligatory.