Equality for Women: A Handbook for NHRIs on Economic, Social and Cultural RightsPublished on 10 Jan 2008
This Handbook was inspired by the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on the Protection and Promotion of Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights held in January 2006 in Manila.
The Handbook has three objectives. First, it offers practical information and ideas that can assist national human rights institutions (NHRIs) to fulfill their mandates to protect and promote women’s equality through economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights. Second, the Handbook seeks to re-focus and re-frame the obligation to promote and protect human rights in the specific context of women’s equality and ESC rights at the practical level. Third, by setting out the basic standards for NHRIs to uphold in the areas of women’s equality and ESC rights, stakeholders will have better information with which to lobby NHRIs as well as Government and the international community, in relation to the functioning of NHRIs. In the course of their work, NHRIs struggle with basic questions about their own mandates, how to set priorities and how to address the particular challenges that are involved in equality rights and ESC rights.
This Handbook attempts to help NHRIs get better at answering these questions by providing tools and information about how institutions around the world are tackling these complex challenges.