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Submission to the United Nations Working Group on

Discrimination Against Women in Law and in Practice

The Due Diligence Project welcomes the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice’s thematic focus on discrimination against women in family and cultural life.

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 Framework places the role of the State at the centre of the discussion. This is not to say that non-State actors do not, indeed they do, have a role to play in eradication of discrimination against women. But rather the Framework provides a lens for analysis and underscores the State’s responsibility and obligation to prevent, address and respond to human rights violations.

This emphasis on the role of the State is responsive to the call for a paradigm shift and a more comprehensive and holistic approach to eradication of discrimination against women in family and cultural life. The due diligence principle challenges the “culturalization” of gender discrimination. It demands that States focus on unequal gendered structures and the wider social, economic and political environment in which gender discrimination thrives. The Due Diligence Framework and its Guiding Principles assist in identifying the different actors, stakeholders, and allies; takes into account the socio-economic-historical contexts of women and particular groups of women; and emphasize the need to address root causes, risk factors and incorporate transformative justice ideals into programmes, laws and policies to eradicate discrimination against women.

Workshop with Parliamentarians in Costa Rica

30 March, 2015, San José, Costa Rica

The Due Diligence Project is conducting a workshop with over Parliamentarians in Costa Rica on the Due Diligence Principle and the application of the Due Diligence Framework to eliminate violence against women in the Costa Rican context. 

Due Diligence Project co-organised the following panels in conjunction with the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Political Will & Public Will – Fine Tuning

for Gender Advocacy

Date: Tuesday March 10, 2015, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: Armenian Center – 602 2nd Ave (at 35th St.) NYC – Guild Hall

Co-organized by: WUNRN, Due Diligence Project, Yale University, Musawah



Closing the gap: Ending violence against women

and girls beyond 2015

Date: Wednesday, 11 March, 6.15 pm

Location: 2nd Floor, Church Centre for the United Nations (CCUN), 777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th St and First Avenue), New York

Co-organized by : Oxfam Novib, Due Diligence Project, Action Aid

All are welcome!