Day 4: Human Dignity & Human Rights Caucas: Action Proposals for Gender Equity & Development Rights Print E-mail
The seven action proposals below are an output of the HDHRC closing session “Human dignity and human rights: New strategies for a new world,” which took place 24 January 2007 at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi, Kenya. They were elaborated in the breakout discussion portion of the closing session, following the presentation of findings by the HDHRC’s thematic rapporteurs. They were presented publicly in the final portion of the closing session and then again during the WSF 2007 closing forum on “Human Rights.”

The first two proposals focus on advocacy, while the following two are aimed at promoting gender equity within the leadership and planning bodies of future World Social Forums. Proposals 4-6 emphasize education and awareness raising. The final action proposal calls for greater networking, solidarity, and information sharing among organisations working for human dignity and human rights.

Specifically, all the members of the HDHRC are called to:


1.    Promote ratification of CEDAW—the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women and its Optional Protocol. Specifically, HDHRC members should declare a worldwide day on “Equality Without Reserves” and undertake a specific action(s) on that day towards the lifting of different governments’ reserves on CEDAW.

2.    Promote integration of international and regional laws on women’s human rights (such as CEDAW and UN Security Council Resolution 1325) into domestic bodies of law and monitor the implementation of those laws.

3.    Promote gender parity (i.e., 50 percent representation of women) on all future WSF organizing and decision-making committees. Furthermore, promote gender-focused events within the WSF 2009 program, including training workshops for men on women’ human rights and gender equity.

4.    Increase awareness and understanding of women’s human rights and gender for women and men at all levels through trainings and education programs—with particular focus on trainings for community and traditional leaders, religious leaders and religious organisations.

5.    Identify and/or develop training modules for workshops on women’s human rights, gender equity, and rights-based development approaches—for women and men at all levels, particularly at the grassroots.

6.    Develop a training module on gender equity within the family, focusing on equal partnerships between husbands and wives.

7.    Increase networking, solidarity, and information sharing amongst ourselves (HDHRC members) and other organizations working to promote human dignity and human rights at all levels—grassroots, local, national, regional and international