IWTC WOMEN’S GLOBALNET #355

ACTIVITIES & INITIATIVES OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE

 

UN SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

April 6, 2009

Iskra Sajor and Joeyta Bose

 

  1. NOMINATE - SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
  2. CONTRIBUTE - IDEAS & INPUT TO THE 2009 THEME FOR THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN
  3. APPLY - UN TRUST FUND ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
  4. RESOURCE – UN SECRETARY GENERALS DATABASE ON VAW

 

1. NOMINATE - SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

DEADLINE: APRIL 8. 2009

The UN Human Rights Council is seeking the names of experts who would be eligible to take on the position of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. Appointed for a six-year period starting June 2009, the rapporteur will examine, monitor, advise and publicly report on violence against women through various activities, including responding to individual complaints, conducting studies, undertaking fact-finding country visits, recommending measures, ways and means to eliminate violence against women, and by engaging in general promotional activities. Since the creation of this office in 1994, it has been held by Radhika Coomaraswamy from Sri Lanka and Yakin Ertuk from Turkey. Their reports can be found at http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu2/7/b/women/documents.htm

 

Appropriate candidates include those who possess established competence, relevant expertise and extensive professional experience in the area of violence against women as well as independence, impartiality, personal integrity and objectivity.  Nominations can be made by governments; regional groups operating within the UN human rights system; international organizations or their offices (e.g. the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights); NGOs; other human rights bodies; as well as individuals.

 

Candidatures may send in their nominations to hrcspecialprocedures@ohchr.org or HRC Secretariat, c/o Meena Ramkaun, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Room PW 4-037, Palais des Nations, 8-14 avenue de la Paix, CH-1211, Geneva 10; Tel: +41 (0)22 917 9707; Fax: +41(0)22 917 9011). Further information and forms can be found at: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/chr/special/nominations.htm

 

2. CONTRIBUTE - IDEAS & INPUT TO THE 2009 THEME FOR THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN

DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2009

The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) is seeking suggestions from women’s human rights activists and organizations worldwide on a new theme and slogan for the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign (from November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women to December 10, International Human Rights Day). Ideas and input could tied into the following thinking points:

·         Beijing +15: With the 15th anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on Women and Platform for Action coming up in 2010, the 2009 16 Days Campaign could galvanize support for issues related to accountability and implementation. In the Platform for Action, Part D of the Strategic Objectives and Actions section specifically addresses Violence Against Women and lists actions to be taken.

·         UN Secretary-General’s Campaign: The UN Secretary-General’s “UNite to End Violence Against Women” Campaign has recently taken steps toward engaging more actively with civil society organizations. The SG’s Campaign is unique in that it can call upon governments at the highest level of moral accountability. For more information about this multi-year campaign, visit http://endviolence.un.org/

·         The Power of Women’s Organizing: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the UN’s formal recognition of November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. During this year’s 16 Days Campaign, CWGL will celebrate the role that activists and civil society organizations have played in building momentum for the women’s human rights and anti-violence against women movements. It welcomes creative suggestions for how to commemorate the contributions of women’s activism to end violence against women.

 

Write to 16days@cwgl.rutgers.edu with concepts and suggestions. For more information about the campaign, visit: http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/16days/kit08/about.html

 

3. UN TRUST FUND SENDS OUT CALL FOR PROPOSALS ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Deadline: April 17, 2009

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women has launched its annual call for proposals to support country-level efforts to end violence against women and girls. Civil society and community-based organizations, governments and UN country teams, in partnership with government and civil society, are invited to submit an initial concept paper for projects that focus on supporting the implementation of national and local policies, laws and action plans on ending violence against women. Requests should be within the range of a minimum of $100,000 to a maximum of $1 million total for duration of two to three years.

 

This fund aims to expand the global knowledge base on effective approaches to implementing national and local laws, policies and action plans by supporting the piloting, testing, up-scaling, evaluation, documentation and dissemination of catalytic, innovative and promising approaches on ending violence against women and girls. The ideal proposal will include clear indications of how the findings of the project will be documented and evaluated, with a view to sharing lessons learned and providing practical guidance for other projects. Further, proposals must summarize what capacities will have been developed and how achievements will be sustained once the grant has ended.

 

Concept notes tendered by government entities, civil society organizations and/or research institutions should be sent to the corresponding UNIFEM Sub-Regional Office, while those prepared by UN Country Teams or by organizations working on cross-regional initiatives should be sent to the UN Trust Fund office. Submissions can only be made in English, French or Spanish, with signed cover letters, and preferably via e-mail. Global and regional sub-committees will decide on the concept notes that are to be developed into full-fledged proposals for a second round of selections. The entire process will take place over April-September 2009 and grant approvals/disbursements will be made by the end of the year. For further information about the application process, including forms and guidelines, go to  http://www.unifem.org/gender_issues/violence_against_women/trust_fund_guidelines.php

 

 

4. RESOURCE – UN SECRETARY GENERAL’S DATABASE ON VAW

As part of its March 5, 2009 commemoration of International Women’s Day, the Secretary General has launched a comprehensive, searchable database that provides information on legal, policy and institutional measures undertaken by UN Member States to address violence against women. The primary source of information for the database is the responses, sent in by member states, to a questionnaire on violence against women. Other sources of information include states parties' reports to human rights treaty bodies; information provided by states in the follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women (1995), for reports of the Secretary-General, and in statements made at the United Nations; as well as information available through relevant United Nations entities. It encourages an exchange on initiatives and ideas to help us understand on what needs and remains to be done

 

The database includes information organized by country as well as a section on best practices, with a focus on laws, services, and prevention. To find out more, please visit: http://webapps01.un.org/vawdatabase/home.action

 

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