Women's World Summit Foundation


Spring 2006
Issue nr. 3


Elly Pradervand
Laure Maitrejean

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WWSF Update – Spring 2006

WWSF staff and volunteers are happy to send you our quarterly e-News to keep you updated on developments and projects for the empowerment of women and children.
WWSF celebrates this year its 15th Anniversary and is preparing an exhibit and a book to summarize its work for women’s and children’s rights over the past 15 years. Below you find a brief update of WWSF work.
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Elly Pradervand, WWSF Executive Director

Congratulations to WWSF Children’s Section coordinator,
Laure Maitrejean,

for giving birth to a baby girl, Romane. Back in the office after maternity leave, a load of work is awaiting her. You can read about her programs under the heading Children’s section in the e-News.

New member joins WWSF Board

Welcome to Reema Nanavaty (India). As General Secretary of SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association), Reema expanded SEWA membership to 530’000 strong, making it the single largest union of informal sector workers in India; manages SEWA economic activities through a federation of 100 cooperatives, nine district associations of artisans, salt farmers and forestry workers, and a direct outlet of 12’000 artisans; currently expanding SEWA’s Trade Facilitation Centre into a global network of initiatives and individuals aimed at making women’s voices and contributions central to world trade decisions. http://www.sewa.org We look forward to a mutually empowering partnership.

WWSF Board attends Fiftieth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women CSW

New York. Commission concludes fiftieth session and adopts agreed conclusions on decision-making and development. Link to 2006 Report www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/
The CSW reaffirms the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the outcome document of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”, the United Nations Millennium Declaration, the Declaration adopted by the Commission on the Status of Women on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, the 2005 World Summit Outcome as well as all relevant General Assembly resolutions and outcomes of United Nations. More than 50 Speakers took the floor to describe national efforts aimed at achieving 1995 Beijing targets. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/50sess.htm#agreed


As of 2 March 2006, 182 countries - over ninety percent of the members of the United Nations - are party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. An additional State has signed, but not ratified, the treaty therefore is not bound to put the provisions of the Convention into practice. 98 Signatures/182 ratifications, accessions and successions (Latest Signature: San Marino, 26 September 2003. Latest Accession: Marshall Islands, 2 March 2006) www.un.org.womenwatch/daw/cedaw

UNHCHR - Birth of UN Human Rights Council

The United Nations General Assembly created a new U.N. human rights body (15 March 2006). The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, said that there needs to be a change of culture and institutional reformation and political will to defend human rights must go above narrow interests.

Plans are underway for the First Session of the Human Rights Council which will be held for two weeks from 19-30 June 2006. 19 June will also be the start of the annual meeting of the special rapporteurs, who will therefore be present in Geneva for the first session, although it is unclear what role they will play. The Council's second session will be held in September for three weeks from 11-29 September 2006. A third session of two weeks may be scheduled for 20 November-1 December 2006. Mexico has been elected president of the Human Rights Council for its first year.
Election results http://www.un.org/ga/60/elect/hrc/

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places--close to home--so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, and equal dignity, without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere."
(Eleanor Roosevelt, Chair, United Nations Commission on Human Rights).


Update - UN Study on violence against women

Violence against women and girls continues to be a major human rights concern in all parts of the world. The United Nations requested the Secretary-General to conduct an in-depth study on all forms of violence against women (resolution 58/185) which will be presented at the UN General Assembly in September 2006. For more information: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/vaw/index.htm

Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences