Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), United Nations
Grounded in the vision of equality of the United Nations Charter, the Division advocates the improvement of the status of women of the world and the achievement of their equality with men. It aims to ensure the participation of women as equal partners with men in all aspects of human endeavour. It promotes women as equal participants and beneficiaries of sustainable development, peace and security, governance and human rights. It strives to stimulate the mainstreaming of a gender perspective both within and outside the United Nations system.
Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and adds an international action overlay to support their efforts to advance equality rights and defend individual women who are suffering abuse. Through its Women�s Action Network, Equality Now distributes information about these human rights violations to concerned groups and individuals around the world, along with recommended actions for publicizing and protesting them. The Women�s Action Network is committed to voicing a worldwide call for justice and equality for women. Issues of urgent concern to Equality Now include rape, domestic violence, reproductive rights, trafficking of women, female genital mutilation, and equal access to economic opportunity and political participation.
P.O. Box 20646
Columbus Circle Station
Email: info [at] equalitynow [dot] org
Feminist Sexual Ethics Project, Brandeis University, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
The purpose of the website of the project on Feminist Sexual Ethics is to provide information and create dialogue around issues of gender, religion, sexuality, and, in our current research, slavery. On the site you will find original essays, a multitude of links and resources, and information of interest to a wide audience, from the general public to scholars conducting research.
The Islam section of the Feminist Sexual Ethics web site provides resources in English and Arabic addressing issues of sexual ethics and gender relations in Muslim communities and Islamic texts. The site provides a series of subsections that address key topics such as marriage contracts, divorce, veiling, same-sex sexual behavior and lesbian identity, obedience, honor killings, and other crucial subjects. For each topic, we bring together specific religious texts (verses of the Qur�an and selections from hadith); references to other sources, such as legal and exegetical writings; and interpretive commentary that serves as an introduction to the diversity of opinions on these subjects. We devote particular attention to progressive views. There is also an extensive bibliography. Our links section provides connections to many of the wonderful resources located elsewhere on the web, including your web page. We hope that our web site will become a frequent stop for all Muslims and non-Muslims committed to ensuring Muslim women full dignity and participation in matters of faith, family, and society.
Feminist Sexual Ethics Project
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Mailstop 054, P.O. Box 9110
Waltham, MA 02454
Islam section of website: http://www.brandeis.edu/projects/fse/Pages/islam.html
Email: fse_project [at] brandeis [dot] edu
Fundamentalisms: A Web Resource from the Women’s Human Rights Network
A joint initiative of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) and Rights and Democracy, Fundamentalisms- a Web Resource for Women’s Human Rights, focuses on the identifying and exposing the international dynamics of fundamentalisms. This resource highlights the impact of fundamentalisms on women in particular, identifies trends and strategies to counteract them, and shares comprehensive, cross-regional information and analysis to promote a greater understanding of fundamentalisms.
Global Fund for Women
The Global Fund for Women, an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice, advocates for and defends women’s human rights by making grants to support women’s groups around the world.
Global Fund for Women
1375 Sutter Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
Phone (415) 202-7640
Fax (415) 202-8604
Email: gfw [at] globalfundforwomen [dot] org
Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
KARAMAH: MUSLIM WOMEN LAWYERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS is a charitable, educational organization which focuses upon the domestic and global issues of human rights for Muslims. KARAMAH stands committed to research, education, and advocacy work in matters pertaining to Muslim women and human rights in Islam.Since its inception in 1993, KARAMAH has been committed to advancing an Islamic perspective on issues of human rights. The Board of Directors includes American Muslim women lawyers, experts in mediation and conflict resolution, and experts in Islamic jurisprudence. Over the years, KARAMAH has worked vigorously to educate the general public about human rights in Islam. In recognition of their efforts, the White House has invited member�s of KARAMAH�s Board of Directors to several White House functions, including a reception in honor of the Muslim festival of Eid hosted by the President himself and an advisory meeting regarding the administration�s civil right�s initiatives.
INSTRAW (United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women)
The mandate of the Institute, as contained in its Statute, is to serve as a vehicle at the international level to promote and undertake research and training programs to contribute to the advancement of women and gender equality worldwide. By stimulating and assisting the efforts of intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, INSTRAW plays a critical role in advancing the global agenda of gender equality, development and peace.
Calle C�sar Nicol�s Penson 102-A. Santo Domingo
Phone: (809) 685-2111
Fax: (809) 685-2117
International Center for Research of Women
ICRW’s mission is to improve the lives of women in poverty, advance women’s equality and human rights, and contribute to the broader economic and social well-being. ICRW accomplishes this, in partnership with others, through research and capacity building.
International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child
The Committee aims to preserve the Islamic identity of Muslim women and children, and face all plans aiming at stripping them of it; to present the prestigious value of women in Islamic Sharia’a; to improve and promote Muslim women in all areas through symposia and training programs; and to unify exerted efforts of Muslim women organizations and entities that represent women and children.
International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW)
IWRAW was set up to monitor the implementation of the CEDAW Convention. Is an international network of activists, scholars, and organizations that focus on the advancement of women’s human rights. IWRAW supports nongovernmental groups, especially in developing nations.
International Women’s Rights Action Watch
Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs University of Minnesota
South Minneapolis, MN 55455
Email: iwraw [at] hhh [dot] umn [dot] edu
MADRE is an international women�s human rights organization that works in partnership with women�s community-based groups in conflict areas worldwide. Our programs address issues of sustainable development, community improvement and women�s health; violence and war; discrimination and racism; self-determination and collective rights; women�s leadership development; and human rights education. MADRE provides resources and training to enable our sister organizations to meet immediate needs in their communities and develop long-term solutions to the crises they face. Since it began in 1983, MADRE has delivered over 18 million dollars worth of support to community-based women�s groups in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and the United States
Q Web Sweden
A worldwide network for the exchange of experiences, knowledge and ideas on women’s health and gender issues. Q Web’s aim is to promote women’s health and rights by providing a resource base and facilitating communication between NGOs, GOs, researchers and individuals as well as between South, North, East and West.
Q Web – Kvinnoforum
Karlbergsv�gen 77 – SE- 113 35 Stockholm
Phone: +46 8 56 22 88 00
Fax:+46 8 56 22 88 20
Email: qweb [at] kvinnoforum [dot] se
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
UNIFEM promotes women’s empowerment and gender equality, and works to ensure the participation of women in all levels of development planning and practice. UNIFEM’sa activities include dissemination of information, campaigns, a monthly electronic news bulletin, and a world wide campaign against violence against women.
Women Living Under Muslim Laws
Women Living Under Muslim Laws is an international Network that provides information, solidarity and support for all women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam. The Network aims to increase the autonomy of women by supporting the local struggles of women from within Muslim countries and communities and linking them with feminist and progressive groups at large; facilitating interaction, exchanges and contacts and providing information as well as a channel of communication
A global information, communication and media network for women’s empowerment, with a special focus on women and media.
Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children
The Women’s Commission is an expert resource and advocacy organization that monitors the care and protection of refugee women and children, International Rescue Committee. Website resources include reports and investigations, newsletters, guidelines on internal displacement, studies, events and links.
Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children
122 East 42nd Street
12th Floor New York, NY 10168-1289
Phone 212-551-3088, 212-551-3111
Email: info [at] womenscommission [dot] org
Women’s Human Rights Net
Women’s human rights advocacy and documentation, building the conceptual and practical expertise and abilities of women’s human rights advocates. Information on women’s human rights issues, advocacy, strategies, UN and regional systems, news and alerts, war crimes tribunal.
Women for Women’s Human Rights – New Ways
Based in Turkey, Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR) is an autonomous women’s NGO that was founded following the Vienna Conference on Human Rights in 1993. We aim to facilitate the empowerment of women and women’s rights organizations by documenting laws and practices which promote or constrain women’s rights, raising public consciousness concerning violations of these rights, increasing legal literacy, improving information exchange and solidarity between groups and individuals through active networking and outreach programs, and influencing government and other public bodies in the area of policy and legal change on the national, regional and international levels.
Women’s World Summit Foundation
WSF, an international coalition for the future of women and children, is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-confessional, not for profit organization with a commitment to a new development paradigm with and for women and children.