Gender Specific Language in Important Documents +
Author: Womens UN Report Network
Date: July 22, 2005
GENDER SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IN
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS, AGREEMENTS
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE for GENDER
EQUALITY and WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT is so very important in texts at the
international, regional, and local level. Women’s advocates lobby long and hard
to have gender specificity in document language, only often to see the gender
wordage removed at the end. Further, it is not enough to be told “Not to
worry, we will get to gender on the issue” as in the Climate Change
Conference. It is very hard to return to serious documents that are essentially
“gender blind” and then advocate for the human rights, the inclusion
of gender in programs, processes, legal actions, budgets, and accountability.
We can learn from past experiences
how absolutely vital it is to include GENDER in codifying documents, and
including at the United Nations. Women were a very serious force in the
drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As we move forward,
WUNRN hopes that we as women will continue to be pro-active, highly attentive,
skilled, and creative, to have our gender language specific in documents and
follow up actions.
COPENHAGEN AGREEMENT – HUMAN
FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS – HUMAN RIGHTS
Basic Human Rights – Yes
Non-Discrimination – Yes
GENDER – ??????
of the Copenhagen Meeting of the Conference on the Human Dimension of the CSCE
Conference for 20th Anniversary of Copenhagen Agreement: http://www.osce.org/conferences/copenhagen_20.html
OSCE – The
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
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