Consultation response: Women’s Rights, Gender Equality and National Human Rights Institutions

In September 2011, the Equality and Human Rights Commission responded to the OSCE/ODIHR survey on ‘Women’s Rights, Gender Equality and National Human Rights Institutions’.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) is undertaking research on the role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in protecting and promoting women’s rights and gender equality.

It is understood that the resulting information will be reviewed and integrated into a Handbook on NHRIs’ Role in Protecting and Promoting Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in the OSCE Region, drawing on good practices and practical examples from across the OSCE participating States surveyed. The Handbook will be finalised in the course of 2012.

The Commission has responded to the survey to help inform the development of the Handbook, as part of its activity to promote human rights by cooperating with other NHRIs and sharing information and ideas.