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Phase II Expert Group Meeting:

Applying and Instrumentalising the

Due Diligence Framework in

the Age of Digital Media

Florence, Italy

10-13 November 2014

The Expert Group Meeting will gather experts and partners who will be working on implementing the Due Diligence Framework in Phase II of the Due Diligence Project (DDP Phase II).

DDP Phase II (2014-2017) is a natural outgrowth of Phase I of the Due Diligence Project, and builds upon its successes, outcomes and networks. Phase II seeks to instrumentalise the Due Diligence Framework at the national and sub-national level in six pilot countries across the world. It also seeks to respond to select requests for technical assistance from other countries/stakeholders, on how to integrate this Due Diligence Framework into particular themes and existing initiatives to combat violence against women. 

The experts participating at the meeting are drawn from civil society, the academia and critical stakeholders while implementing partners consist mainly of those who have worked on Phase I and are interested in continued collaboration in implementing the Framework in their respective countries/areas of influence.

Expert Group Meeting:

Due Diligence and the Role of the State:

Discrimination against Women

in Family and Cultural Life

Florence, Italy

1-3 December 2014

Cultural rights are essential to the recognition and respect of human dignity and must include non-discrimination and equality principles. The State has a role to play in mediating these competing and, at times complementary, interests. For example, article 5 of the Convention on All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) declares that States have an obligation to “take all appropriate measures to modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women, with a view to achieving the elimination of prejudices and customary and all other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority or the superiority of either of the sexes or on stereotyped roles for men and women”.

The Due Diligence Project will convene a small expert group meeting to further critically explore, analyse, and formulate strategies on human rights and its intersections with culture, religion with particular attention to their impact on the family, generally as well as the growing conservatism challenging women’s human rights and State obligation in  addressing these challenges.