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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTION WATCH
301-19TH AVENUE SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS MN 55455 USA TEL: 612 625 5093 E-MAIL: IWRAW@hhh.umn.edu www.igc.org/iwraw

EQUALITY AND WOMEN’S ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS A Guide to Implementation and Monitoring Under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTION WATCH

Copyright 2004 International Women’s Rights Action Watch, University of Minnesota Funding for this publication was provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and by the Catharine A. Cram International Women’s Human Rights Fund at the University of Minnesota. Funding for the 2003 IWRAW training on Using the ICESCR to Promote Women’s Human Rights was provided by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Special thanks to Professor David Weissbrodt and the University of Minnesota Law School.

Copies of this manual are available from IWRAW. US price: $18 postage paid. For information on shipping ouside the US and bulk purchases, contact IWRAW at the address on the back cover or iwraw@hhh.umn.edu. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. The Humphrey Institute is hospitable to a diversity of opinions and aspirations. The contents of this report are the responsibility of the authors.

EQUALITY AND WOMEN’S ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS

A Guide to Implementation and Monitoring Under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTION WATCH

2004

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Copyright 2004 International Women’s Rights Action Watch, University of Minnesota Funding for this publication was provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and by the Catharine A. Cram International Women’s Human Rights Fund at the University of Minnesota. Funding for the 2003 IWRAW training on Using the ICESCR to Promote Women’s Human Rights was provided by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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Copies of this manual are available from IWRAW. US price: $18 postage paid. For information on shipping ouside the US and bulk purchases, contact IWRAW at the address on the back cover or iwraw@hhh.umn.edu. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. The Humphrey Institute is hospitable to a diversity of opinions and aspirations. The contents of this report are the responsibility of the authors.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments Introduction Articles 1-15 Appendix I International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Appendix II General Comment 3: The Nature of States Parties’ Obligations Appendix III Shadow Reporting: A Practical Guide

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This manual is the product of a process that began several years ago with an invitation to work with the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on development of its General Comment on Article 3 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, relating to equality between women and men in enjoyment of the rights in the Covenant. The International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) has participated in Committee sessions and provided shadow reports on women’s human rights in certain countries under review by the Committee since 1994. We are grateful to the Committee’s first Chairperson, Philip Alston, for his early encouragement of attention to women’s human rights issues in the Committee and for his welcome to IWRAW. 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. The Initiative involved nongovernmental...
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