Partners for Law in Development (PLD)
PLD is a legal resource group working in the fields of social justice and women’s rights in India. Founded in 1998, the organization locates women’s rights as integral to its work on social justice, engaging with it in contexts of family, sexuality, culture, caste, conflict and development.
The organisation works with community based groups, resource groups, lawyers as well as state and statutory agencies/ institutions to provide capacity building and technical assistance on women’s rights in India and South Asia. The programme interventions comprise of – capacity building to intermediaries and stake holders for strengthening implementation of women’s rights; creation of learning and knowledge resources for building perspective and advancing women’s rights; monitoring to enable accountability; and advocacy to influence legislative reform and public policy.
The organization has published various resources on CEDAW, the most comprehensive being ‘CEDAW: Restoring Rights to Women’ – available in four languages, English, Hindi, Malayalam and Oriya. It has been adapted and used as a training tool widely in the Asia Pacific region.
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In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly established the United Nations Entity on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). UN Women combines the mandates and assets of UNIFEM, OSAGI, DAW and INSTRAW, with an expanded mission and vision.
Over many decades, the UN has made significant progress in advancing gender equality, including through landmark agreements such as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
UN Women is committed to the advancement of women’s human rights and places their realization at the centre of its work in all thematic areas. It provides support to national actors, in government and in civil society, in their efforts to implement CEDAW. Using a threefold approach, UN Women helps in facilitating the development of national human rights frameworks in line with CEDAW, such as constitutions, laws and policies; supporting the implementation of existing human rights frameworks to help ensure impact and rights realization; and putting special emphasis on particularly vulnerable and marginalized groups, such as poor or indigenous women, so that national frameworks become more inclusive of and responsive to the full range of women’s rights concerns.
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