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Paris, France, UNESCO, 2004. 55 p. (ED-2004/WS/16)The World Education Forum held in Dakar (April, 2000) reemphasized and reiterated the importance of inter-agency partnerships, collaboration and coordination in pursuance of the EFA goals. This facilitated the launching of a number of multi-partner initiatives that focused on specific EFA-related areas and problems requiring special attention as well as the reinforcing of existing ones. EFA flagship initiatives were considered to constitute, among others, one of the mechanisms that would contribute in enhancing and strengthening multi-agency partnership and coherence on EFA related goals. Three years after Dakar, the EFA flagships continue to expand in terms of number of initiatives launched as well as their scope and membership. At present, nine initiatives have been established, involving United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and NGOs. (excerpt)
Expert group meeting: "Application of Human Rights to Reproductive and Sexual Health". Recommendations.
New York, New York, UNFPA, . 9 p.In 1996, in Glen Cove, New York, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (then, Center for Human Rights) and the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) organized a meeting on “Human rights approaches to women’s health, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights”. The purpose was to contribute to the work of the treaty bodies in interpreting and applying human rights standards to issues relating to women’s health and to encourage collaboration in the development of methodologies and indicators for use by both treaty bodies and the UN agencies to promote, implement and monitor women’s human right to health, in particular reproductive and sexual health. It was also designed to provide an opportunity for the human rights treaty bodies to consider the gender dimensions of human rights from the perspective of their respective treaties and to take account of the conclusions of recent United Nations conferences in the treaty monitoring process. This meeting was the first occasion on which members of the six treaty bodies met to focus on the interpretation and application of human rights in relation to a specific thematic issue. Five years later, in 2001, the UNFPA and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights organized a follow-up meeting in Geneva, 25-27 June, to assess progress, obstacles and opportunities in integrating reproductive rights into the work of the treaty bodies and to elaborate further measures and strategies to be used by treaty bodies in the monitoring and strengthening of reproductive and sexual health. The meeting defined actions and recommendations to ensure better implementation of treaty obligations at domestic level so as to promote and ensure enjoyment by women and men of reproductive and sexual health. The purpose of the meeting was to consider how to make The meeting was to consider how to make the monitoring work of the treaty bodies more effective in assisting States Parties to give full effect to their treaty obligations and in particular those which are relevant to women’s rights, including their right to reproductive and sexual health. It affirmed that to the vast majority of women in the world, the issues dealt with over the three days are central to their well-being and to their full and equal enjoyment of human rights. Many of the risks to women’s sexual and reproductive health are caused by failure to respect the full equality of women, by attitudes and by practices which reinforce women’s subordinate status. Issues such as forced marriage, early pregnancy, sexual violence, trafficking, female genital mutilation, and others, have negative consequences for sexual and reproductive health. (excerpt)
United Kingdom. BBC's Sexwise provides critical sexual health information worldwide. [Royaume-Uni. L'émission " Sexwise " de la BBC fournit des informations critiques sur la santé sexuelle à un public mondial]
Making the Connection. 2002; 2(1):6-7.The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) are working together to speak to people in their own languages about sexual health and reproductive rights through a program called Sexwise. Sexwise consists of a Web site, book, and radio programs that have been translated into 22 languages by the BBC in collaboration with IPPF and national Family Planning Associations. The program, which has spanned the globe in three phases, aims to provide listeners, readers, and online users with accurate information about sexual health issues along with useful contacts about sexual and reproductive rights. Hence, this collaboration between BBC and IPPF shows how industry and nongovernmental organizations can successfully link their missions to promote public health and well-being.
In: Missing links: gender equity in science and technology for development, [compiled by] United Nations. Commission on Science and Technology for Development. Gender Working Group. Ottawa, Canada, International Development Research Centre [IDRC], 1995. 267-93.This document (the 12th chapter in a UN Gender Working Group book on the overlay of science and technology [S&T], sustainable human development, and gender issues) considers the two major gaps in the information revolution: the fact that women and gender issues are largely bypassed and the lack of research on the relationship of women and information in developing countries. Discussion of specific research issues and policy implications for women as providers and users of information considers the information environment (the message) and enabling technologies (the medium). The description of the information environment focuses on defining information needs and requirements for men and women; empowering women through access to information; women's input into S&T; and education, training, and sensitization. Consideration of the enabling technologies looks at the information and communication technology environment; constraints and barriers; control, access, and rights to new information technologies; and education and training. The chapter continues with a review of policy issues and recommendations in each area that cover information and communication technology needs; access and delivery; women's knowledge; education, training, and sensitization; and employment. The same framework is used to propose an international research agenda. After reviewing UN and nongovernmental organization activities in this field and providing examples of success stories, the chapter concludes that appropriate research, policy development, sensitization, and action can work to improve the current situation for women.