Rights of Women handbook: ‘From Rights to Action’

Rights of Women

‘From Rights to Action: Using International rights and mechanisms on violence against women in the UK’ was published in 2011 by Rights of Women. 

The handbook provides a practical introduction to the international human rights law, policy and mechanisms relevant to combating violence against women and how they relate to law and practice in the United Kingdom (UK).

The publication is part of the Rights of Women Toolkit.

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Rights of women has a limited number of printed copies available for distribution which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To order a printed copy, please send your name, job title and organisation’s contact details to info@row.org.uk.

Council of Europe: Protecting Refugees

Council of Europe

The Protecting Refugees information pack, produced in 2010, is a joint initiative by the Council of Europe and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

This pack demonstrates not only the need to protect the rights of refugees, as millions continue to be forced from their homelands, but also the partnership between the Council of Europe and UNHCR and the role we can play, together, to help the refugees. It covers a range of important topics, such as asylum-seekers and detention, refugees and social and economic inclusion, refugees and violence, and stateless persons.

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UNICEF report on ‘The children left behind’

In 2010, UNICEF published ‘The children left behind. A league table of inequality in child well-being in the world’s rich countries’.

The report (Report Card 9) examines inequality in material well-being, education and health across 24 developed countries, and ranks the UK in the bottom two-fifths of countries alongside Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. It shows that disadvantaged children in the UK fall further behind their peers than in countries such as France or Germany. The report clearly demonstrates that income poverty has the greatest impact on child inequality, and shows that without continued government intervention in the form of tax credits and benefits, the number of children living in poverty in the UK would be significantly higher. However, it also shows that Government efforts to date have been insufficient in both scope and scale to combat child poverty and inequality, and to decrease levels of child poverty to those we would expect in one of the world’s richest nations.

In the context of the development of a UK child poverty strategy, the findings of Report Card 9 take on a particular significance for the UK. UNICEF UK, among other things, has urged the Government to ensure that ambitious interim targets underpin the new child poverty strategy, and that a child-focused fairness test is rigorously applied to all proposed changes to the welfare, tax, education, and health systems to ensure that new policies do not increase inequality between children.

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EHRC guide to the UN Disability Convention

In July 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. What does it mean for you?’

The guide will help disabled people to know what their rights are and how to use them. It will help people to challenge injustices and improve services for themselves and others and will help organisations understand what their responsibilities are.

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European Violence Against Women lobbying kit

In May 2009, the European Women’s Lobby Centre on Violence against Women published a lobbying kit ‘Towards a Strong Convention on all Forms of Male Violence against Women’.

The Council of Europe is preparing a Convention on ‘preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence’. This lobbying kit provides targeted information and tools designed to help the European Women’s Lobby, its members, supporters and NGO partners take action and work together towards a comprehensive, strong and effective Convention on all forms of male violence against women.

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Report: ‘CEDAW in the UK’

‘CEDAW in the UK’ by Sandra Fredman, Professor of Law at Oxford University, outlines the legal status and application of CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) in the UK.

The report was published in 2010.

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EHRC receives UN accreditation

In February 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission received formal notification of accreditation from the United Nations (UN) as a National Human Rights Institute (NHRI).

This means that the Commission joins a growing group of human rights institutions across the globe tasked with monitoring and promoting human rights. NHRI status gives the Commission the opportunity to contribute to international law, policy, debate and understanding about human rights. The Commission can now participate fully in the Human Rights Council of the UN and will be able to make both written and oral interventions.

UN report on children’s rights in the UK

On 3 October 2008, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published its report on the UK’s record in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The report makes more than 120 recommendations, including recommendations covering the imprisonment of children and age of criminal responsibility, the rights of disabled children, the treatment of young asylum seekers and corporal punishment in schools.

The Children’s Rights Alliance for England called for ‘the Government to take immediate action to remedy breaches in the Convention on the Rights of the Child’.

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Click here for link to the Children’s Rights Alliance for England website

Click here for link to Guardian report on 4 October 2008