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UN Call for Communications: allegations of human rights violations affecting the status of women

[Brussels 08 July] The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women have issued a call for communications worldwide to report on violations of human rights. Individuals, non-governmental organizations, groups and networks are invited to submit written communications—including, but not limited to, complaints, appeals and petitions—to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with information on alleged injustices and human rights violations against women in any country. Examples of claims include arbitrary arrests of women, domestic violence, unfair employment practices and discrimination against women under immigration and nationality laws.

The deadline to submit such communications is 01 August 2013.

The communications procedure aims to identify emerging trends on injustices and discriminatory practices against women for policy formulation purposes.

UN Women’s Human Rights section will collect and compile the claims as well as replies on the communications from Governments concerned into a confidential report. Following that, a Working Group of the Commission, composed of representatives from all five regions, will identify trends and patterns of injustice and discriminatory practices against women. The Working Group will present their findings in a confidential report to CSW at its annual session (CSW58) in March 2014 for review.

For more information on how to submit a claim, categories of claims received in the past, the communications procedure and contact information, visit the submission page:

More information can be found here.

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