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Women Living Under Muslim Laws is nominating WLUML board member Ms. Zarizana Abdul Aziz from Malaysia as the most knowledgeable and experienced candidate for the Asia representative of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice. You can find a copy of Zarizana Abdul Aziz’s CV here: http://www.wluml.org/sites/wluml.org/files/CV_Zarizana%20Abdul%20Aziz_2010.pdf and instructions on how to make your endorsement follow.

It took years to make the United Nations' newest agency, UN Women, a reality, and then just one day to effectively kill it. Death was effected by allowing onto its board a kingdom where women are not just infamously prohibited from driving but are also virtual minors who need a male guardian's permission to travel and to have surgery — and must be covered from head to toe in public. As one of two countries guaranteed seats as emerging donor nations, Saudi Arabia essentially bought its way onto the board of UN Women, which is dedicated to gender equality around the world. Just three days after securing an automatic seat, Saudi Arabia gave us a reminder of just how oxymoronic its place on UN Women is, when its team showed up at the Asian Games in China without a single woman among the 180-strong delegation.

The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly’s strong approval of a draft resolution, condemning Iran for grave human right violations, is a welcome step in the continuing effort to put a stoplight on the country’s growing human rights crisis, said the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today.

Iran failed Wednesday to secure a seat on the board running the new UN super agency for women in the face of a fierce diplomatic onslaught against its rights recordSaudi Arabia, criticised for refusing even to let women drive, got an automatic seat and rights groups said they will now seek to put the spotlight on the Islamic kingdom's record. Four UN agencies were merged this year to set up UN Women, with a 500-million-dollar budget per year, under the leadership of former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.

Depuis avant-hier, la rapporteuse spéciale des Nations unies sur la violence contre les femmes, Rashida Manjoo, est l’invitée de l’Algérie. Durant le séjour de la responsable sud-africaine, qui durera une vingtaine de jours, il sera question d’évaluer la situation des violences faites aux femmes et de s’enquérir aussi des suites données, par les autorités algériennes, aux recommandations faites, en 2007, par la précédente rapporteuse spéciale, Yakin Erturk. Des recommandations qui, pour la plupart, sont restées lettre morte. Pour mener à bien son travail, Mme Manjoo s’entretiendra avec les instances nationales en charge du dossier de la femme, ainsi qu’avec des associations et organisations de la société civile, dans la capitale, mais également dans d’autres régions du pays, plus particulièrement à Constantine, Oran et Hassi-Messaoud.

GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, will conduct an official visit to Algeria from 1 to 10 November 2010 at the invitation of the Government. “During my visit, I intend to meet with national stakeholders involved in fighting all aspects related to violence against women, with a view to appreciate the phenomenon in Algeria. I will also seize the opportunity of this mission to review progress made since the visit of my predecessor in 2007”, said the human rights expert, who will travel to Alger, Constantine, Oran and Hassi-Messaoud. 

The traditional values underpinning international human rights: How can they contribute to promotion and protection? (Room XXI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 4 October 2010) Thank you, honourable members of the panel, friends and colleagues in the international human rights community, good afternoon. On behalf of the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women, we welcome the opportunity to participate in the discussion on the relationship between human rights and traditional values.    

 جنيف –في 1 أكتوبر/تشرين الأول 2010، في الدورة الخامسة عشرة لمجلس حقوق الإنسان، إعتمدت الدول الأعضاء بتوافق الآراء قرارا بإنشاء آلية جديدة للتعجيل بالقضاء على التمييز ضد المرأة في القوانين وفي الممارسة العملية. وتقول فايزة جاما محمد، مديرة مكتب المساواة الآن في نيروبي إن "هذا تتويج للعمل الشاق الذي قام به الكثيرون في الحكومات والمجتمع المدني". وقد أدت منظمة المساواة الآن الدولية المعنية بحقوق الإنسان دورا رائدا في الدراسة المنهجية لمدى إنتشار القوانين التي تميز على أساس الجنس في أنحاء العالم، وإقترحت في عام 2001 ضرورة إيجاد إجراء خاص جديد داخل إطار الأمم المتحدة مكرس للقضاء على التمييز ضد المرأة في القوانين.

Le 1er octobre 2010, lors de la 15ème session du Conseil des droits de l’Homme (CDH), les États membres ont adopté par consensus une résolution pour la création d’un nouveau mécanisme destiné à accélérer l'élimination des discriminations à l’égard des femmes, en droit et en pratique. « Cette résolution marque l’apogée de l’effort intensif et de longue durée accompli par tant de personnes, aussi bien au niveau des États et des organisations internationales que de la société civile », a expliqué Faiza Jama Mohamed, Directrice du Bureau d’Egalité Maintenant à Nairobi.

"On 1 October 2010 at the 15th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), member states adopted by consensus a resolution to create a new mechanism to accelerate the elimination of discrimination against women in law and practice. “This is the culmination of the hard work of so many in government and civil society,” said Faiza Jama Mohamed, Nairobi Office Director of Equality Now. International human rights organization Equality Now has taken a leading role in systematically studying the pervasiveness of sex discriminatory laws across the globe and in 2005 it proposed the need for a new special procedure within the UN dedicated to eliminating discrimination against women in law.

“It has not been easy to achieve this new mechanism, but the adoption by consensus of the resolution by the Human Rights Council has given us confidence that governments around the world are taking the issue of women’s equality seriously. Through the course of this journey it was heart-warming to witness the support of so many nations from all regions of the world and the strong backing of a large coalition of non-governmental organizations. The groundswell of support has underscored both the universality of the problem of discrimination against women and a firm global resolve to prioritize a systematic end to it,” said Ms. Mohamed.

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