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We need your expertise to identify examples of meaningful change for women!

The Women’s Human Rights Institute (WHRI),  together with feminist jurist, activist and current UNWGDAW Chair Alda Facio, is undertaking a research and advocacy project to promote participation in data gathering for the upcoming thematic report of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice (UNWGDAW) on “good practices” in the elimination of discrimination in law and practice and the promotion of substantive equality and women’s self-empowerment.  

The focus of the study is to map out the processes by which good laws that promote substantive equality for women, whether legislation or case law, come into being and are meaningfully implemented in a way that impacts women’s de facto enjoyment of their human rights.  The study aims to map out the processes by which meaningful legal changes occur and are operationalized to make a measurable impact on women’s lived experience, with the expressed intention of highlighting the vital and dynamic role of civil society actors in these processes. You can read more about our conceptual framework and the parameters of this study here.

We need to hear from women’s organizations and experts on the ground to identify laws that could potentially be developed into case studies of “good/promising practices” in eliminating discrimination and empowering women. If you have knowledge of such a law in your context, we invite you to participate in our study in one of two ways:

  1. Fill out the short questionnaire;
  2. Submit a more in-depth case study of a legislation or case law using our preformatted templates of approximately three pages long.

Instructions for both of these options for participation in the study are provided below.

We also ask that you forward this Call for Contributions widely to your networks. This will help us to ensure that grassroots voices are centrally situated in the findings.

Thank you in advance for your time and efforts. Your contributions will be meaningfully incorporated into a study that we believe will have a long-lasting impact on how good practices involving law in the context of ending discrimination against women are understood, developed, and implemented.

Download the Questionnaire (.DOCX)

Full Case Study Contribution

If you or your group/organization has in-depth knowledge of a particular legislation or case that has had a meaningful impact for women on the ground, we welcome the contribution of full case studies. If your case study is submitted in full in accordance with our guidelines/parameters, you and/or your group/organization will be fully acknowledged for your contribution in the final report submitted to the UN Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination Against Women in the Law and in Practice.

To submit a case study, please first read the Conceptual Guide for Case Study Contributions to better understand the focus and conceptual framework of our study. You can download the document here:

Conceptual Guide for Case Study Contributions


Then download either the legislation or case law case study contribution template, as appropriate:

Answer as many of the questions as you are able to, in as much depth as possible, providing relevant documents and/or links where available. You may respond in English, French, Spanish, or Arabic. Remember that our intention is to develop holistic narratives of how good laws came to being and were implemented, highlighting not only effective state processes and mechanisms but also the essential role of civil society in the making and implementation of good laws.

Our aim for this research is to shed light on the actions and actors involved in these process that often go unseen and unappreciated.  We need your help to bring the full story to light.

If you have questions or concerns while developing your case study, please contact us at

Once you have filled in the template to the best of your ability, please send the completed form to If we have further questions about your case study, one of our researchers will contact you.

Deadline for Case Study Contributions: September 8, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this the study. Your contribution is truly invaluable.

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