Siyanda Update: 30 Years of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) - Issue No. 83, December 2009 / January 2010

Siyanda Update: 30 Years of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) - Issue No. 83, December 2009 / January 2010

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Dec 2009
In This Issue:
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I. An Update on Forthcoming Changes to Siyanda
II. Quick Guide: 30 Years of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
III. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda
Experts who have written on CEDAW
IV. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives



I. An Update on Forthcoming Changes to Siyanda
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As already mentioned before, Siyanda will soon merge into a completely redesigned BRIDGE website created to support gender advocacy and mainstreaming efforts of policymakers, researchers and practitioners from around the world.

Our new tentative date for when the redesigned BRIDGE website will become operational is now April 2010.

We are looking forward to introducing you to the exciting new products and services we’ve been working on and to serve your gender information needs better!



II. Quick Guide: 30 Years of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
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2009 was the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). What is CEDAW and how can it advance women’s rights?

- Website: 30 Years at CEDAW (blog), Women in Development Europe (WIDE), November 2009
This blog is developed as part of a campaign run by Women in Development Europe (WIDE) which celebrates 30 years anniversary of CEDAW and calls for its ratification by European countries.
http://www.siyanda.org/static/wide_cedaw.htm?em=1001&tag=QG

- CEDAW - the 30-year Struggle for Equality, Womankind Worldwide, November 2009
This resource documents the challenges, the successes and the vision of WOMANKIND Worldwide and their partner organisations in their struggles to make CEDAW a more effective instrument to improve women's lives.
http://www.siyanda.org/static/womankind_cedaw.htm?em=1001&tag=QG

- Website: 30 years United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), October 2009
This website highlights a number of successful stories from around the world on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
http://www.siyanda.org/static/unifem_cedaw.htm?em=1001&tag=QG

- (Audio file) As CEDAW Turns 30, a Women's Rights Expert Reflects on Progress, United Nations Radio, August 2009
In this radio interview the Vice President of CEDAW discusses progress made and challenges that remain towards ending discrimination against women and what we must do to achieve it.
http://www.siyanda.org/static/unradio_cedaw.htm?em=1001&tag=QG

- Producing Shadow Reports to the CEDAW Committee: A Procedural Guide, International Women’s Right Action Watch (IWRAW), January 2009
This is a practical guide for non-governmental organisations who wish to use CEDAW to hold their governments accountable for upholding and enforcing women's rights.
http://www.siyanda.org/static/iwraw_cedaw09.htm?em=1001&tag=QG

- Website: Optional Protocol to CEDAW and How it Can Be Used to Advance Women’s Human Rights (in English and Russian), Karat Coalition, January 2009
This website is a toolkit of resources which provide basic information about the CEDAW Optional Protocol, the obligations of the state parties under it and the pros and cons of different human rights mechanisms.
http://www.siyanda.org/static/karat_cedaw.htm?em=1001&tag=QG

- Website: Stories of CEDAW, Pathways of Women's Empowerment and One World Action, January 2009
This website gathers and shares stories, testimonies and reflections about CEDAW which show how the Convention has been used to address injustice and to open up pathways to women's empowerment.
http://www.siyanda.org/static/rpc_cedaw.htm?em=1001&tag=QG

You can find other resources on the 30th anniversary of CEDAW at:
http://www.siyanda.org/search/results_adv.cfm?Keywords=CEDAW_09&Subject=0&Donor=0&Langu=E&StartRow=1&em=1001&tag=QG

The next Siyanda Update, covering February 2010, will focus on Central Asia, including Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Users are invited to suggest their resources for possible inclusion in this selection: http://www.siyanda.org/addinfo?em=1001&tag=QG

Please also visit the archive section to view past Quick Guide selections:
http://www.siyanda.org/quick_guide.htm?em=1001&tag=QG


III. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: A selection of published work from Siyanda Experts who have written on CEDAW.
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The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,400 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.

The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focused consultancies.

Each profile contains the Expert’s contact details and areas of expertise, and highlights their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have written on CEDAW.

- A Comparative Study of CEDAW, Customary Practices, & Shariah in Pakistan (Unifem), Zaidi, Y., 2006
- An Overview of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Nnaemego, N., 2005
- Manual de capacitación en derechos humanos de las mujeres jóvenes y la aplicación de la CEDAW (Training Manual on Young Women’s Human Rights and CEDAW), Bernal, M. et al. eds., 2002
- CEDAW Information Research Report, Ofa-ki-Levuka, Loui Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Tonga, 2005
- Towards the Progressive Interpretation of Temporary Special Measures under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Mansoor, S., 2002
- CEDAW and Women's Health in International Relations, Bakker, S., 2003
- European Women and the CEDAW-Convention: The Way Forward, Holtmaat, R., in: L’égalité entre femmes et hommes et la vie profesionnelle; Le point sur les développements actuels en Europe, Edition Dalloz, Paris, 2003

For further details on these publications, copy and paste or type the author's last name into either the Name or Search Words field on the Experts' and Consultants' search page:
http://www.siyanda.org/exps/?em=1001&tag=EX

- Enter your details in the database:
http://www.siyanda.org/exps/addexp.cfm?em=1001&tag=EX

- Or edit your existing profile:
http://www.siyanda.org/exps/editlogin.cfm?em=1001&tag=EX (using your user name and password)

- Search the database:
http://www.siyanda.org/exps/?em=1001&tag=EX



IV. Contribute section
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Share your news, resources, opportunities and perspectives in the following ways:

Post your announcements, information requests, training and funding opportunities:
http://www.siyanda.org/forum/?em=1001&tag=CS

Submit your publications for inclusion in our database, or suggest other resources:
http://www.siyanda.org/addinfo/?em=1001&tag=CS

Post your short pieces of work in the Users' Corner:
http://www.siyanda.org/forum/xviewthread.cfm?Thread=120030204122635&em=1001&tag=CS

(All summaries in the update are written or adapted by BRIDGE Team members. This update was edited by Paola Brambilla)

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