Call for Proposals Building the Capacity of National Human Rights Institutions in Southeast Asia to Promote and Protect Women’s Human Rights. Due by 12 July 2012

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The UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is inviting civil society organizations, educational and academic institutions to submit proposals to strengthen the capacity of National Human Rights Institutions in Southeast Asia to: (1) increase access to legal remedies and legal protection for women, particularly those from disadvantaged groups; and (2) monitor and promote States’ compliance with women’s human rights-related treaty obligations, and follow up on human rights treaty recommendations.


The “Regional Programme on Improving Women’s Human Rights in Southeast Asia” (CEDAW SEAP Phase II), implemented by the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, endeavors to contribute to the reduction of discrimination against women in Southeast Asia. The CEDAW SEAP Phase II, to be implemented mid 2012 through 2015, covers seven countries in the region, including: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam.

The CEDAW SEAP aims to achieve three main outcomes, namely: (1) increased skills and knowledge for ensuring CEDAW compliance in development and monitoring of new and revised legislative frameworks; (2) increased awareness among formal and informal justice system actors of CEDAW commitments; and (3) strengthened monitoring and accountability mechanisms for implementation of CEDAW commitments. The Programme will take advantage of the overall political drive in Southeast Asia for acceleration of regional integration in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres, by improving regional processes for knowledge generation and exchange, stock taking and priority setting for furthering implementation of CEDAW; and by improving the capacities of civil society organizations to hold governments accountable for their commitments to address gender equality issues. Sustainability, coherence, innovation and focus on more disadvantaged groups of women are overarching themes of the CEDAW SEAP.

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) have a constitutional and/or legislative mandate to protect and promote human rights. They serve as a bridge between international human rights norms and national action, and link the responsibilities of the State to the rights of the citizens. Thus, NHRIs have a crucial role to play in the implementation of CEDAW in ensuring substantive equality for women. NHRIs are firmly established in four of the CEDAW SEAP participating countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste. These NHRIs are generally mandated to:

- Promote the adoption of international human rights treaties and encourage their implementation.
- Receive complaints and conduct investigations into alleged human rights abuses and follow up with national authorities to ensure protection and redress for victims.
- Review legislation and policies to ensure compliance with human rights principles.
Engage with international human rights mechanisms, including the CEDAW Committee, through:
a. Reporting – by encouraging States to comply with their reporting obligations; assisting the government in understanding and following treaty body guidelines; consulting with stakeholders and collecting data to provide input into reports; and submitting parallel reports when necessary.
b. Monitoring and following up on governments’ compliance with the CEDAW Committee’s Concluding Observations and recommendations.
c. Lodging complaints with the CEDAW Committee on behalf of individuals whose rights have been violated.
d. Promoting human rights awareness in the public domain through dissemination of Concluding Observations in local languages.

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