The Women's Human Rights Agenda...
What do funding and mainstream human rights organizations have to do with it? By Sunila Abeysekera.
The women’s human rights agenda as we know it in 2005 has its own ‘creation myth’ firmly rooted within the UN World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna in 1993. Throughout the period of preparation for this Conference, women’s groups working on women’s rights issues around the world organized a range of activities at the regional level. Some part of this activism was supported and even initiated by funding agencies who were carrying forward the trends in Europe of the time, of organizing and mobilizing for the advancement and empowerment of women using human rights frameworks. However, the great part of this activism was based in indigenous, local and national level women’s groups and human rights groups who had, over years, worked for the protection of women’s rights and for the advancement of equality and empowerment for women through the use of a rights-based perspective.
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