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Gender and Human Rights in the Commonwealth

Some Critical Issues for Action in the Decade 2005–2015

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The purpose of this book is to contribute to current policymaking, programme planning and implementation on gender and human rights. It is intended for a wide audience of policymakers, magistrates, judges and lawyers, academics and civil society organisations grappling with these issues. It is also intended as a conceptual and policyoriented resource for those committed to implementing and supporting the Human Rights Goals of the new Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality 20052015.



The papers address a wide range of gender and human rights issues, including the convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), genderbased violence, culture and the law, indigenous peoples, trafficking and migration, land and property rights, diversity and a life cycle approach to gender and human rights. This book brings together the papers commissioned for a PanCommonwealth Expert Group Meeting on Gender and Human Rights which took place at the Commonwealth Secretariat, London February 2004. These papers, together with other key background papers, represent much of the analysis and experience from Commonwealth member countries that informed the development of the Human Rights section of the new Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality 20052015.

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Trafficking in Women

Trafficking in human beings has, historically, taken many forms, including slavery and slavery-like practices. The International Labour Organization (2003) suggests that the term 'trafficking' came to be used i n its current form - referring to the illicit movement of humans - in the late 20th century. Although there are varying definitions of trafficking, it is acknowledged that it is a complex series of states and events that involves the movement of human beings under coercion or deception which leaves them in vulnerable situations without recourse to their human rights.

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