Women's human rights online & the Universal Periodic Review

5 April 2012

From 21 May to 4 June 2012, the second cycle of the Human Rightsi Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR)The Universal Periodic Review explained by APC Connect Your Rights! Campaign The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)">i will begin at the UN Office in Geneva. The UPR is a unique mechanism for state"government" in this glossary). As a general rule, "state" should not be capitalised.

Source: Governance for sustainable human development: A UNDP policy document (Glossary of key terms) and Wikipedia">is to tell other countries what they have achieved in promoting human rights – but also for non-state actors to raise issues of concern in a non-confrontational fashion. This edition of GenderIT.orgSource: APC Annual Report 2006 ">i will allow you to learn more about the current discussions about women's human rightsi on the interneti, with a particular focus on the country reports for Brazil, Ecuador, India, the Philippines, and South Africa for the UPR process made by APC and their partners. These reports raise for the first time internet-related women's human rightsi issues as part of the UPR.

In the edition, we ask three women human rights defendersWHRD IC, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders">i and co-authors of the country reports for Brazil, Ecuador, the Philippines, and South Africa about the importance of the UPR for the rights and daily lives of women, the trends in exercising women’s and sexual rightsEroTICs- Literature Review ">i online, and their tips on how women’s and sexual rights activists can support their advocacyThe American Heritage Dictionaries on Answers.com ">i through the UPR process. Do not also miss editorial by Daysi Flores, the regional coordinator of communication and connections for Just ASSociate Mesoamerica, who shares her thoughts on resistances online.

The edition is a part of APC's “Connect your rights: Internet rights are human rights” campaign financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Photo by US Mission Geneva. Used with permission under Creative Commons licence 2.0.

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