Feminist network promoting human rights of women and children

CSW60 Agreed Conclusions

CSW60WAVE welcomes the Agreed Conclusions [advanced unedited version] on women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and urges UN member states in Europe to swiftly implement the provisions within the document.

In its Agreed Conclusions, the Commission "strongly condemns all forms of violence against women and girls" and "expresses deep concern that discrimination and violence against women and girls particularly against those who are most vulnerable, continues in all parts of the world."

WAVE Thematic Paper

WAVE Thematic Paper II 2015Published in March 2016, the WAVE Thematic Paper "Access to Justice for Women Victims of Violence: Analysis and Key Tenets of International Law and Practice in the Field" was developed by lawyer Genoveva Tisheva, of WAVE member Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation (BGRF). The thematic paper 'explores the notion of access to justice for women victims of violence, as well as barriers to such access, including gender stereotyping and additional vulnerabilities. Additionally, it addresses achievements in the access to justice before international human rights bodies. Further, the balance between ensuring the autonomy of women survivors of violence in initiating procedures for protection of their rights and the obligation of the state to ensure public prosecution of aggressors in criminal law is also discussed. The indispensable role of civil society organisations, in particular women’s NGOs, in facilitating access to justice for women survivors of violence is one of the core arguments put forward in the present paper.'

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Gender Justice Uncovered Awards 2016

Gender Justice Uncovered AwardsBecause in all countries - regardless of political system, religious beliefs and traditions - what judges and courts say has a tremendous influence on the sense of justice and on women's day-to-day life, the international human rights organisations Women's Link Worldwide has created the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards.

The awards aim "to highlight decisions or statements made in the context of a legal process by judges, members of human rights committees, asylum offices, prosecutors, or ombudspersons which have a positive or negative impact on gender equality, including those related to sexual and reproductive rights, gender violence, and gender discrimination."