Call for submission: Good practices in the elimination of discrimination against women

The United Nations Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice has decided to research, as a priority, the issue of discrimination against women with regard to the right to health and safety.

Call for submission: Good practices in the elimination of discrimination against women
etrThe United Nations wants all women to be safe and healthy.

They would like to write a report on ways to ensure that all women enjoy
their right to be safe and healthy.

The United Nations asks people to send them examples and ideas for
their report.

The best ones are going to be included in the report.

The report will be presented at the Human Rights Council in June 2016

 

The United Nations Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice has decided to research, as a priority, the issue of discrimination against women with regard to the right to health and safety.

The UN Working Group will pay particular attention to equality and non-discrimination in the enjoyment of the right to health, including sexual and reproductive rights, in the access to health services, including maternal health services, and in the guarantee of women’s safety.

Recognizing the broad scope covered by the concept of safety, the UN Working Group intends to focus particularly on the impact of safety in the context of women’s health, both physical and mental. This may include violence against women in the public space and in closed institutions as well as women’s access to justice to secure their right to health and security.

This research will culminate with the presentation of a thematic report by the UN Working Group to the Human Rights Council in June 2016.

The UN Working Group would like to invite stakeholders to contribute to its research by submitting information on:
• Constitutional and other legislative initiatives and reforms to recognize women’s rights, gender equality and non-discrimination with regard to their right to health and to safety;
• Special legal reforms and practices to promote non-discrimination and gender equality with regard to health, in particular regarding: equal right to enjoy the highest available standard of health; equal access to all forms of healthcare at the highest available level; equal right to enjoy benefits of scientific progress and its application in medicine; and access to sexual and reproductive health services;
•  Access to information and to education regarding sexual and reproductive health services;
• Equal rights, in law and in practice, with regard to health and safety, including with regard to sexual and reproductive rights and health;
• Actions from States to promote gender equality and non-discrimination, including measures, policies and national action plans, to ensure women’s safety, including in confined spaces (e.g. detention facilities, pre-deportation centers, camps for displaced women and families) or opened spaces (e.g. transports).

The UN Working Group would like to encourage individuals and organisations to submit information on the above points and any additional information that highlight in particular good practices, lessons learned and promising experiences in the elimination of discrimination against women with regard to the right to health and safety.

In order to facilitate the collection of information and good practices on these matters, the Working Group has developed a questionnaire available in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

Questionnaire responses and submissions should be sent to wgdiscriminationwomen@ohchr.org.
The deadline for submissions is 15 August 2015.
For more information, please click here.

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