In 1998 the Chairpersons endorsed the IWRAW
manual, Assessing the Status of Women, as a guide for dealing with gender issues in all the human rights treaties.
A new IWRAW guide, New Guidelines for Human Rights Treaty Reporting: Opportunities for Women's Human Rights NGOs, explains the Common Core Document in more detail and is available on this site.
For more information specifically on the CCD, please see the IWRAW publication, New Guidelines for Human Rights Treaty Reporting: Opportunities for Women's Human Rights NGOs, available on this IWRAW Web site.
Opendocument OR access via IWRAW
Web site (Links of Interest)
One of the most important incentives for NGO participation is a special seminar or workshop for NGOs, scheduled the weekend prior to CEDAW's and the Commission's formal sessions, conducted respectively by IWRAW and the ICJ.
NGO workshops sponsored by IWRAW and the ICJ have facilitated networking and given members of the monitoring groups fuller appreciation of issues.
The IWRAW Initiative on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was established in 2000 as a series of related projects designed to help develop NGO expertise and provide tools for using the Covenant to promote and protect women's human rights in view of the Committee's intention to adopt a General Comment on equality.
IWRAW staff and volunteers: Linda Foreman, volunteer extraordinaire; Kasia Polanska, former IWRAW Deputy Director; Jennifer Callahan, research assistant; Jonathan Krieger, research assistant; Isiuwa Iyahen, research assistant and Humphrey Institute Cram-Dalton Scholar; Sarah Peterson Stensrud, research assistant and Humphrey Institute Cram-Dalton Scholar.
See also IWRAW
REPORT, supra note 33, discussing a government-endorsed career manual highlighting the minimal requirements for becoming an overseas performing artist.
A few NGOs, such as IWRAW
and the Center on Reproductive Law and Policy, focus on systemic issues by identifying and reporting on the failure to live up to treaty obligations and by providing assistance to national-level NGOs that are working on the issues within their communities.
1) A one-day orientation for selected NGO and government representatives on the Convention's principles and the scope of State obligation [held on 13 November 1999 by UNIFEM-South Asia, IWRAW
Asia Pacific and the National Alliance of Women (NAWO), involving the sharing of experiences of Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh whose reports had already been reviewed];
5) More detailed guidelines to monitor and contribute to the implementation of CEDAW have been developed by IWRAW
Asia Pacific (see <www.