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    Realizing women's human rights in Asia: the UN Women's Convention and the optional protocol.

    Tang KL; Cheung J

    Asian Journal of Women's Studies. 2003 Dec 31; 9(4):[13] p..

    Different international legal agreements have been arrived at by nations to deal with the global problem of discrimination against women, the most important of which is the Convention on the Elmination of All Eorms of Discrimination against Women (the Women's Convention). This paper discusses the importance of the Optional Protocol to the Women's Convention for Asian women, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1999. It provides for an individual complaint procedure against violations of women's rights and allows the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to conduct special investigations into violations of women's rights. Asian countries have been very slow to ratify the Protocol. Many Asian women are not aware of the potential gains and protection that could come from international human rights law for women. To benefit from the Optional Protocol, women's groups and NGOs in Asia would have to promote the idea of individual complaints against their own governments through education and publicity. Their support to individual women to pursue their cases at the international level is deemed indispensable. (author's)
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    Women challenge Bush to take action.

    Zeitlin J

    Monday Developments. 2004 Jan 12; 22(1):7.

    The Bush administration has continually paid lip-service to international women's rights during its tenure, with little or no action to back up its words. In this past year alone, numerous issues that have a tremendous impact on women's lives around the world have been dismissed with sugar-coated words about U.S. concern and support. The most obvious examples of this are in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Bush ad- ministration has repeatedly touted its support for women's rights, but these rights are not possible without security and legal guarantees. Equal rights for Afghan women must be specifically guaranteed in the new constitution. In Iraq, there were no women on the constitutional committee and only three women on the U.S. appointed Governing Council, one of whom was assassinated because of inadequate security. In both of these situations the United States has the ability to back up its rhetoric on women's active political participation but has so far failed to do so. (excerpt)
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    Claiming our rights: a manual for women's human rights education in Muslim societies.

    Afkhami M; Vaziri H

    Bethesda, Maryland, Sisterhood is Global Institute, 1996. [4], xiv, 168 p.

    This manual presents a multidimensional framework that allows grassroots Muslim women from various backgrounds to examine the relationship between their basic human rights as inscribed in major international documents and their culture. The introduction contains the manual's objective and background, the major international sources of women's rights, the major premises upon which the manual is based, the theoretical framework of the communication model (involving a communicator, an audience, a medium, and a message), the general structure of the model, and a note to facilitators. The next section presents the learning exercises that can be used by facilitators and participants to discuss women's rights 1) within the family; 2) to autonomy in family planning decisions; 3) to bodily integrity; 4) to subsistence; 5) to education and learning; 6) to employment and fair compensation; 7) to privacy, religious beliefs, and free expression; 8) during times of conflict; and 9) to political participation. Section 3 contains a workshop and facilitator evaluation form. Appendices contain auxiliary material such as relevant religious passages, descriptions of the first heroines of Islam, samples of Arabic proverbs concerning women, the text of international human rights instruments, and a list of various human rights and women's organizations in selected Muslim societies. The manual ends with an annotated bibliography.
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