International Women’s Day – 2012 theme – “Empower rural women: End hunger and poverty”

7 March 2012

8th March is International Women’s Day. Please see below for a message from UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet.

Message of Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women on International Women’s Day 2012
International Women’s Day 2012
“Empower rural women: End hunger and poverty”

This International Women’s Day, I join women around the globe in solidarity for human rights, dignity and equality. This sense of mission drives me and millions of people around the world to pursue justice and inclusion. Looking back at the first year of UN Women, I applaud every individual, government and organization working for women’s empowerment and gender equality. I promise the highest commitment moving forward. The creation of UN Women has coincided with deep changes in our world –from rising protests against inequality to uprisings for freedom and democracy in the Arab world.

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IWRAW Asia Pacific Statement on the Occasion of Human Rights Day 2007

12 December 2007

On December 10th, the world celebrated the UN World Human Rights Day[1]. The Day marks the anniversary of the adoption by all member states of the UN of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. It has been 60 years since then and many other human rights instruments and mechanisms has been developed to promote the primacy of the human rights and to confront human rights violations Read the rest of this entry »

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

4 December 2007


Geneva, 3 December 2007– The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights joins in the celebrations of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities highlighting the fundamental role that the right to decent work can play in empowering persons with disabilities and enabling them to live independent and dignified lives as active members of the community.

To celebrate the occasion, the High Commissioner today launches a series of commitments to improve the working conditions of staff with disabilities. Read the rest of this entry »

Amnesty International’s statement on ASEAN Charter

29 November 2007


21 November 2007

ASEAN: human rights in the Charter and beyond

Amnesty International notes that the Charter of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), has been signed by leaders of ASEAN at its 13th Summit now being held in Singapore. Amnesty International welcomes the inclusion of a commitment within the ASEAN Charter to promote, protect and respect human rights and to establish a regional human rights body. However, the organisation is deeply concerned that the process followed thus far to establish an ASEAN Charter has been largely opaque and non-participatory. Despite the existence of a vibrant, active and dedicated civil society in the region which has been at the forefront of efforts to push forward an ASEAN Charter with a strong human rights component, consultation with civil society on the content of the Charter has been severely limited. Read the rest of this entry »


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