International Models Project on Women's Rights
at Mar 5, 2013 12:36:15 AM
International Women's Day (IWD) is March 8, 2013. Each year hundreds of organizations, governmental entities, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. Thousands of special events and ceremonies occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women - past and present. Many groups around the world choose different themes each year relevant to global and local gender issues.
We here at the International Models Project on Women's Right (IMPOWR) celebrate women every day! As many of you already know, IMPOWR is an innovative initiative to establish a global collaborative research database on women's rights under law. It promises to play a unique role in supporting the worldwide implementation of the principles underlying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Our theme for IWD 2013 is "CEDAW: Harnessing the Power of the Convention's Might to Promote & Enhance Global Women's Rights." This week we will focus on the seven (7) main categories or topics the Convention addresses, as represented in the IMPOWR database (www.impowr.org/research
1. Activities of the State, CEDAW Status (Articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 14 - issues of accession, ratification and compliance)
2. Civic Life (Articles 7, 8, & 9 - pertains to "firstgeneration"humanrights pertinent to liberty and political participation)
3. Access to Justice (Article 15 - pertains to the inequality and disparities in legal status of women under the law)
4. Women's Healthcare (Article 12 - addresses all aspects of health care that affect women and girls access and rights)
5. Marriage & Family Relations (Article 16 - concerns measures to eliminate discrimination against women in all matters relating to marriage and family relations)
6. Crime & Violence (Article 6, 12 - pertains to disproportionate violence against women, defects in law enforcements protocols, and existing laws, regulations & social norms that preclude women from seeking or receiving protection)
7. Economic & Social Life (Articles 10, 11, 13, & 15 - covers broad area of existence addressed by Article 13; calls for the end of discrimination against women in other areas of economic and social life)
It is our hope that you will learn something new about CEDAW and women's rights each day, participate in our various online activities, share our posts with your networks, and share your own stories of empowerment with us.
Join the conversation by visiting IMPOWR across the web:
♥Twitter: @IMPOWR_Women (https://twitter.com/#!/IMPOWR_women
We also encourage each of you to drop by our website (www.IMPOWR.org
) and learn more about the project,checkour resource database, and/or apply to become an IMPOWR volunteer.
Happy International Women's Day everyone!