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Women's initiatives and activities worldwide. NGO's at the 42nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women speaks out, optional protocol to CEDAW, and Womenwatch.
IWTC GLOBALNET. 1998 Mar 10; (105):2 p..The activities surrounding the 42nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women is discussed. It emphasized on the implementation of four areas of concern from the Beijing Platform for Action; namely, women's rights, violence against women, women and armed conflict, and the girl child. A protocol on violence against women is necessary because of the shortcomings that have to be strengthened by an international treaty. However, the discussion of the 'Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women' resulted in disagreement.
Sanitation in emergency situations. Proceedings of an international workshop, held in Oxford, December 1995.
Oxford, England, Oxfam, 1996. 51 p. (Oxfam Working Paper)This report presents summaries of plenaries, workshop papers, working group discussions, and a complete list of recommendations from the December 1995 International Inter-Agency Workshop on Sanitation in Emergency Situations. The 45 participants included delegates from nongovernmental organizations, UN organizations, the Red Cross, and independent sanitation workers. The aim was to discuss organizational and technical problems and to agree on operating principles, program implementation, and recommendations. The workshop papers focused on: principles for better sanitation, excreta disposal kits, first-phase excreta disposal, latrine construction, excreta disposal on difficult sites, emergency solid waste management/disposal, vector control, personal hygiene and water collection-storage, drainage and washing-bathing facilities, sanitation in enclosed centers, environmental impact, community participation, staff training, and evaluations. The discussions addressed topics on the principles for sanitation promotion in emergencies, first-phase excreta disposal, second phase and longer excreta disposal, off-site/on-site excreta disposal, flow charts for emergency excreta disposal for many specific conditions, refuse disposal, hygiene education, personal hygiene kits, vector control, hygiene facilities, environmental impact, sanitation in enclosed centers, and staff training. Priority should be given to sanitation techniques and guidelines for improving practices; initial assessments of emergency situations; and sanitation. Improvements are needed in information exchanges, community participation, and staff training. Five other recommendations are discussed.
GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT. 1998 Nov; 6(3):17-26.The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has been at the forefront of the campaign to end violence against women. The Fund's premise is that there can be no sustainable communities or development without the attainment of peace and women's human rights. The UNIFEM Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence Against Women was established in 1997, and, to date, has supported 59 projects in 49 countries related to the human rights abuse of women within families, war crimes against women, violations of women's bodily integrity (e.g., female genital mutilation), economic discrimination and exploitation, and political and legal discrimination. Program strategies include education, capacity building, violence prevention, the reversal of ingrained attitudes, and action-oriented research. In addition, regional awareness campaigns are conducted to introduce the issue of violence against women to the agendas of world governments. Finally, a learning component for the Fund analyzes the results of Fund initiatives and identifies ways of shaping more effective strategies for combating violence against women. Future areas of work include strengthening enforcement mechanisms in response to violence against women, upgrading the capacity to use international legal instruments, and facilitating information exchange.