UN rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday called on Gulf states to remove barriers that restrict women's rights to control their own lives and that prevent their participation in public life. Women in the region are still unable to fully enjoy their human rights," Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said at a university near Jeddah.

The unequal sharing of responsibilities between men and women reflects stereotypical assumptions about the role of women and men in society – and the stubborn persistence of those assumptions,” Ms. Migiro told the Spain-Africa conference in Valencia on Saturday.Women continue to bear disproportionate responsibility for often unappreciated care-giving work in households and communities, despite significant progress in gender equality and women empowerment during the past 15 years, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has said.

  السيدة نافانيتيم بيلاى، لقد سررنا بما نما إلى علمنا بشأن زيارتكم الوشيكة للبحرين في شهر أبريل في إطار زياراتكم للدول، ونطالب بإدراج القضايا والمعلومات المذكورة في هذا الخطاب في تقييمكم للوضع.
 تعرب المنظمات الأهلية الموقعة أدناه عن بالغ قلقها إزاء الحملات الإعلامية والملاحقات القضائية المستمرة التي تقوم بها السلطات البحرينية لكبت حرية التعبير وردع نشاط المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان. و خلال العامين الأخيرين تعرض الكثير من المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان للمضايقات، والمحاكمة، والإدانة، والحبس. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، تم تقديم الصحفيين المستقلين إلى المحاكمة بسبب كتاباتهم النقدية، واتسع نطاق الحجب والرقابة على المدونات والمواقع الإلكترونية. ولذلك، يتم استهداف المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان بعد قيامهم بتوفير مصادر معلومات للعديد من الوكالات الإعلامية الدولية والمنظمات الأهلية التي تصدر بيانات وتقارير تنتقد سجل حقوق الإنسان فى البحرين. كما يتم استهدافهم بسبب مناصرتهم لحقوق الإنسان، وتوفير الدعم القانوني لضحايا التعذيب أو سوء المعاملة من قبل الحكومة ، وكذلك للقيام بأعمال وثيقة الصلة بحقوق الإنسان والحريات العامة كتنظيم التجمعات السلمية العامة أو المشاركة فيها.

Dear Ms. Navanethem Pillay, The undersigned non-governmental organisations (NGOs) express their grave concerns about the ongoing media and legal campaigns being carried out by Bahraini authorities to stifle freedom of expression and deter the activism of human rights defenders (HRDs). Many HRDS have also been subject to harassment, prosecution, indictment and imprisonment. In addition, independent journalists have been taken to court for critical writings, and blogs and websites have been censored. As such, we are pleased to hear of your upcoming country visit to Bahrain in April, and request that you include the following cases and information in your assessment.

Nous représentantes de diverses organisations de la Société Civile Africaine réunies au Forum Mondial pour la Revue de Beijing 15 ans après et représentant les voix des millions de femmes et jeunes filles Africaines, Apres avoir eu des consultations avec différents acteurs avant et pendant le Forum Mondial des ONG sur les progrès enregistrés dans la mise en œuvre de le Déclaration et la Plate Forme d’Action de Beijing en Afrique,

The Economic and Social Council, Having considered with appreciation the report of the Secretary-General on the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women, Recalling the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, in particular paragraph 260 concerning Palestinian women and children, the Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”,

On 10 March 2010, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Amnesty International, and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), in collaboration with the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD-IC), organised a side event entitled Cooperation with UN Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms: Challenges Faced by WHRDs and HRDs.

A landmark U.N. treaty on women’s rights, which will be 30 years old next week, is in danger of being politically undermined by a slew of reservations by 22 countries seeking exemptions from some of the convention’s legal obligations. “A reservation must not defeat the object and purpose of a treaty,” Ambassador Palitha Kohona, a former chief of the U.N. Treaty Section, told IPS.

These meetings will take place every day for the duration of the Session at the New York Salvation Army building, several blocks away from the UN because there is “no room at the Inn”, that is, the UN building, where in previous years we always met. Is there some dark conspiracy that facilitates the process of making us women feel so unwelcome, so redundant, and so belittled, asks Margaret Owen ?

A longstanding proposal for the creation of a special U.N. agency for women – officially called a “gender entity” – is apparently moving at the sluggish pace of a paralytic snail. The proposal – originally conceived by a high-level panel of U.N. experts back in 2006 – has remained a theoretical exercise for so long that a coalition of women activists is spoofing it in a fake electronic newspaper being circulated at a U.N meeting on gender empowerment here.


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