APF launches video resource on women’s rights
Graphic: Women take part in a training program
The video series explores a number of key steps that NHRIs can take to make promoting and protecting the rights of women a core part of their work.
A new video series launched this month by the APF explores the key steps that national human rights institutions can take to make promoting and protecting the human rights of women a core part of their work.
The resource complements the APF's manual on the human rights of women and girls and will be used in training programs with our member institutions.
I think national human rights institutions have a very powerful role to play in terms of accountability.
Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on violence against women
Featuring international experts and representatives from a broad range of APF members, the video looks at a range of key topics, including:
- Supporting a strong national legal and policy framework
- Monitoring violations and protecting women's rights
- Conducting inquiries into systemic human rights violations
- Promoting the rights of women and girls
- Engaging with the international human rights system
- Integrating gender equality within national human rights institutions
The video resource includes a number of case studies and examples of good practice from across the region, including the national inquiry on rape and "honour killings" conducted by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
Pip Dargan, APF Gender Focal Point and Deputy Director of the APF secretariat said that, because of the many systemic barriers that women face, a "business as usual" approach will not deliver sustained progress towards gender equality.
That is why NHRIs should play a prominent role to lead legislative, policy and attitudinal change, she said.
"We hope that this video resource, along with the APF manual, will provide national human rights institutions with ideas and inspiration to plan, develop and lead programs that respond to the pressing human rights issues facing women and girls in their respective countries."
NHRIs … have the particular responsibility and obligation to model gender equality
Roberta Clarke, UN Women
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