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ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Volume 12, Issue 4, 2011
Volume 12, Issue 4, 2011
Author Gladys Mirugi-MukundiSource: ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 12 (2011)More Less
This is the fourth issue of the ESR Review for 2011. Its articles discuss various areas of socio-economic rights, with a particular emphasis on how they relate to women's lives. In an acknowledgment of the importance of women's rights, Michelle Bachelet, the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, emphasises that 'where laws and justice systems work well, they can provide an essential mechanism for women to realise their human rights. However, it also underscores the fact that, despite widespread guarantees of equality, the reality for many millions of women is that justice remains out of reach' (UN progress report of the world's women 2011-2012, In pursuit of justice).
Health and reproductive rights, HIV and the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa : feature 1Author Karen StefiszynSource: ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 12, pp 3 –6 (2011)More Less
The overarching goal of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Women's Protocol or Protocol) is to bring about gender equality in Africa, the converse of which is fuelling the spread of HIV on the continent. The Protocol includes corresponding and comprehensive measures to be taken by states in order to promote, protect, and fulfil women's human rights in Africa. It addresses many of the root causes of the disproportionate spread of HIV among young women in Africa, such as sexual violence and early marriage, as well as factors that exacerbate the effects of HIV infection on the enjoyment of human rights, such as the denial of inheritance rights (article 21).
Source: ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 12, pp 6 –9 (2011)More Less
Throughout the world, women face entrenched barriers to the full enjoyment of their housing and land rights. These barriers are often rooted in systems of gender-based discrimination and prejudice, which undermine women's basic autonomy and impact negatively on their ability to realise the full range of their human rights on an equal basis with men. In much of the world, it is women's rights to housing and land that continue to be systematically denied. As such, gender is an essential lens through which the advancement of housing rights must be seen.
Will health reform proposals realise the right to health of women and girl children in particular? : legislative and policy reform 1Source: ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 12, pp 9 –13 (2011)More Less
A gendered review of South Africa's implementation of the Millennium Development Goals : legislative and policy reform 2Source: ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 12, pp 13 –17 (2011)More Less
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is an independent state institution, established in terms of Section 187 of the 1996 South African Constitution. The CGE is charged with a broad mandate to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality in South Africa.
State of the world's minorities and indigenous peoples 2011: Focus on women's rights : new publicationsSource: ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 12 (2011)More Less
This report presents an overview of the situation of minority and indigenous women today. It acknowledges 'that women belonging to minorities in every region of the world frequently experience unique challenges and multiple or intersectional discrimination emanating from their status as members of minorities and as women or girls'. This aspect was emphasised by the United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues, Ms Rita Izsák, at the 3rd International Conference on Roma Women held from 23-25 October 2011 in Granada, Spain, where she applauded Roma women for confronting discrimination.
Celebrating the African Charter at 30: A guide to the African human rights system : new publicationsSource: ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 12 (2011)More Less
This book is a guide to the African human rights system. It was prepared by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. The book was launched in October 2011 at the 50th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, at a celebration to mark 30 years since the adoption of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.