Offer: Call for Communications: allegations of human rights violations affecting the status of women - Deadline: August 1st, 2013
"Written communication on allegations of human rights violations affecting the status of women are invited from Individuals, non-governmental organizations, groups and networks are invited to submit written communications—including, but not limited to, complaints, appeals and petitions—to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with information on alleged injustices and human rights violations against women in any country.
Examples of claims include arbitrary arrests of women, domestic violence, unfair employment practices and discrimination against women under immigration and nationality laws.
The communications procedure aims to identify emerging trends on injustices and discriminatory practices against women for policy formulation purposes.
UN Women’s Human Rights section will collect and compile the claims as well as replies on the communications from Governments concerned into a confidential report. Following that, a Working Group of the Commission, composed of representatives from all five regions, will identify trends and patterns of injustice and discriminatory practices against women. The Working Group will present their findings in a confidential report to CSW at its annual session (CSW58) in March 2014 for review.
The current communications procedure of the Commission on the Status of Women has its roots in Economic and Social Council resolution 76 (V) of 5 August 1947, as amended by the Council in resolution 304 I (XI) of 14 and 17 July 1950.
The mandate of the Commission on the Status of Women to consider communications has been reaffirmed and the modalities of the procedure have been further modified by the Council (see Council resolutions 1983/27 of 26 May 1983, 1992/19 of 30 July 1992, 1993/11 of 27 July 1993, 2009/16 of 28 July 2009 and decision 2002/235 of 24 July 2002).
What types of communications are sought?
Accurate and detailed information relating to the promotion of women's rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields in any country anywhere in the world.
What information should be included in a communication?
It is advisable that communications should:
1. Identify as far as possible the woman victim, or women victims
2. Indicate clearly where (the particular country/several countries) the alleged violation(s) or pattern of violations have occurred or are occurring
3. Provide, when available, dates and circumstances of the alleged violations
4. Explain the context by providing relevant background information
5. Provide, when available, copies of documentation
All claims must be submitted in writing and signed by e-mail, fax, or regular mail.
However, the author's identity is not made known to the Government(s) concerned unless she/he agrees to the disclosure.
Any person or organization with a communication should write by 1 August 2013.