DUE DILIGENCE PROJECT

Project Events


Phase II Expert Group Meeting:

Applying and Instrumentalising the

Due Diligence Framework in

the Age of Digital Media


Florence, Italy

10-13 November 2014


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 Due Diligence Project and The Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights co-convened a four day workshop to discuss instrumentalization and application of the Due Diligence Framework to end violence against women. The Expert Group Meeting gathered experts and partners who would be working on implementing the Due Diligence Framework in Phase II of the Due Diligence Project (DDP Phase II) in select countries and contexts around the world attended by representatives from key Project partners from Bangladesh, Chad, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, USA and Zimbabwe. A representative from the Inter-American Human Rights Commission and two participants working on violence against women on internet platforms also attended.


The experts participating at the meeting are drawn from civil society, the academia and critical stakeholders while implementing partners consist of those who are committed to working on implementing the Framework in their respective countries/areas of influence.


The Project Directors worked with participants to:

1. Understand the Due Diligence Framework as a tool to assess and discharge State obligation to end violence against women;

2. Integrate this Framework into new and existing strategies to eliminate violence against women by various stakeholders in their specific contexts on the ground;

3. Work with a variety of national level stakeholders committed to ending violence against women and help facilitate, foster, and strengthen cooperation among them;

4. Understand and implement all of the above in the context of the current digital age and digital security.


Outcomes

1. Enhanced understanding of the due diligence principle and the Due Diligence Framework for State accountability to end violence against women in the areas of prevention, protection, prosecution, punishment, and provision of redress;

2. Formulation of a strategy for applying and instrumentalising the Due Diligence Framework in participants’ particular context/country including outlines of tools and modules, tentative schedules over the next three years, identification of priorities, namely critical areas of concern in each of the target countries;

3.Renewed commitment of programme partners toward implementing DDP Phase II; and

4.Increased networking and collaboration among participants at the meeting and in their advocacy and work moving forward.


Participants were enthusiastic over the potential of the Due Diligence Framework. In evaluating the meeting, one participant said,

“This was a really really useful and energising meeting. I appreciated the active engagement of almost all of the partners and the DD team and was really struck by the level of the discussions and analysis (that were sustained till the very last day!). It felt like I was seeing light bulbs go off in everyone’s heads - mine included! I was exhausted when I got [to the end], but leave quite energised and excited about our future plans.”


In response to the question, “What would be most helpful to you in terms of collaboration with the Due Diligence Project?” one participant asked for more “[c]onceptual guidance in terms of integrating the Framework into organisational activities,” and another participant suggested, “A medium term research collaboration for the purpose of offering the government data and evidence to engage with and to later promote due diligence observation by the government.”


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


The Due Diligence Project convened 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. Experts from 17 countries, working on diverse issues, from different approaches and across disciplines including civil society advocates, academics, inter-governmental organisations and UN mandate holders participated in this Expert Group Meeting.


Specifically the Expert Group Meeting was convened for the purpose of providing a platform for experts and representatives from key UN bodies and CSOs to come together to brainstorm and strategize on the issues described above, develop the way forward for civil society strategies on Due Diligence and Role of the State to Eliminate Discrimination against Women in Family and Cultural Life and provide input and recommendations on Due Diligence and the Role of the State to Eliminate Discrimination against Women in Cultural and Family Life to the United Nations Working Group on Discrimination against Women.


The meeting –

• Discussed the applicability of the due diligence principle and the Due Diligence Framework for State Accountability in the context of discrimination against women in family and cultural life;

•Critically examined the relationship between culture power and privilege and how cultural and religious discourses are created, reproduced and instrumentalised to challenge women’s human rights;

• Interrogated in whose interest culture is narrated or religious norms interpreted and enforced and the authorities that sanction specific cultural and religious narratives;

• Identified and challenged some of the current claims in favour of traditionalism, which reject the primacy of women’s individual human right to equality, in society and in the family, hence condoning discrimination against women;

• Examined the role of the State, whether by act or omission, in the elimination and/or the perpetuation of the above discrimination;

•Identified and shared opportunities and good practices in eliminating such discrimination.


Participants found the Due Diligence Framework to be invaluable. One participant said that it brought the “various ideas and threads from diverse contexts into one space”. Another participant found the Due Diligence Framework pre-empts excuses and justifications for discrimination and provides better protection for women’s rights.



26th session of the Human Rights Council Side Event: “Ending Violence against Women: Framework for Accountability”

17 June 2014, Geneva

 

Co-Director Janine Moussa presented the Due Diligence Framework for Accountability in each of the “5P” areas of prevention, protection, prosecution, punishment and provision of redress. It will also present a proposal for a Comprehensive International Action Plan to fast track the elimination of violence against women and provide a roadmap for implementation. The Framework contributes to the present discourse on how to render more effective existing programmes, policies and laws to eliminate violence against women. The panellists, Daniela Rosche, Oxfam and Frances Raday, Chairperson, UN Working Group on Discrimination  against Women in Law and in Practice explored strategies and solutions for moving forward towards the elimination of violence again women in a concrete, measurable and tangible manner. Introductory remarks were delivered by Lois A. Herman, Coordinator WUNRN.

Made possible with the assistance of the Governments of the Netherlands and Canada. Co-sponsored by the Government of France.


58th  session  of  the  Commission  on the  Status  of  Women Side  Event: “Beyond 2015: Due Diligence Framework to End Violence against Women”

March 7, 2014, New York


In line with this year’s CSW priority theme, the Due Diligence Project convened a panel “Beyond 2015: Due Diligence Framework to End Violence against Women” on Thursday 13 March, 1-3pm  at German House (871 1st Ave) to launch its Due Diligence Framework for accountability to end VAW.


Violence against women remains a persistent challenge to achieving full empowerment of women (MDG 3). Beyond target setting, the Due Diligence Framework offers a tool for translating existing norms and standards on ending VAW into measurable, comparable, and implementable components, in order to fully and finally achieve women’s empowerment. The Framework provides guiding principle in each of the “5P” areas of the due diligence principle, namely prevention, protection, prosecution, punishment, and provision of redress. Illustrations and promising practices from around the world will also be shared.


The panel brought together esteemed panelists who discussed the need for and utility of such a Framework in informing and shaping initiatives to end violence against women: Zarizana Abdul Aziz (Co-Director, Due Diligence Project); Charlotte Bunch (Advisor, Due Diligence Project, Founder and Senior Scholar, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University); Frances Raday (Chair, UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice); Azza Soliman (Co-Founder, Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance, Egypt); and Rea Chiongson (Gender and Justice Advisor, World Bank).

The event was jointly sponsored by the Governments of Germany and Malaysia.


68th session of the United Nations General Assembly

“Due Diligence Framework: A Framework for Accountability in Ending Violence against Women”

24 October 2013


For the webcast, please click here.


The Due Diligence Framework, developed by the Due Diligence Project was the topic of the UN Side Event hosted by the Governments of the Netherlands and France in conjunction with the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on 24 October 2013. The Framework divides State accountability to end violence against women into 5 areas of prevention, protection, prosecution, punishment and provision of redress and reparation (referred to as  the 5P’s).


The Due Diligence Framework (DD Framework) adds to the ongoing discourse on state accountability by translating the essential attributes of the due diligence principle into tangible, measurable components. The DD Framework is a tool for States to assess their own progress in implementing human rights and formulating human rights-based laws, policies and programmes.  It formulates guidelines that are critical to facilitate analysis of information, assess effective implementation and identify need for corrective measures. The DD Framework is intended to be at once universally applicable and contextually relevant.


Apart from the Due Diligence Project Co-Directors, Ms. Zarizana Abdul Aziz and Ms. Janine Moussa, distinguished panellists include Mr. John Hendra, UN Assistant Secretary General; Professor Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director Centre for Women's Global Leadership and Due Diligence Project Advisor; Ms. Renée Römkens and Ms. Geeta Ramaseshan. The Permanent Representative of the Netherlands, Mr. Karel Van Oosterom delivered the welcome and the Representative of France, Ms. Béatrice Le Fraper du Hellen delivered the closing. In closing, Ms. Béatrice Le Fraper du Hellen announced that next year, the Government of France together with the Government of the Netherlands hope to table a resolution on State accountability to end violence against women.


The panel presented to a full hall and received tremendous interest and support.


The Report on the Due Diligence Framework will be released end of this year.



Applying the Due Diligence Framework

in Ending violence against Women

November 7th - 8th 2013, Boston


The Due Diligence Project together with Northeastern University’s School of Law’s Program Human Rights in the Global Economy (PHRGE) and the Domestic Violence Institute (DVI) convened a two-day institute on “Applying the Due Diligence Framework in Ending violence against women” in Boston. The keynote address, to be delivered by the Due Diligence Project advisor, Professor Charlotte Bunch, is scheduled for Thursday November 7th, 12 noon.


The institute marks the rolling out of stage 2 of the Due Diligence Project, namely the operationalisation and instrumentalisation of the Due Diligence Framework.


This two day meeting gathered experts from across various disciplines – including academics, activists, jurists, health care professionals, and the police – to discuss these and other questions. Drawing lessons from around the country and the world and applying them to the contextual realities of the North East USA, the institute aims to provide a clearer understanding not only of what the Government, and other key stakeholders, are doing to end this scourge of violence against women but also what more can and should be done.



Presentation and discussion of the Due Diligence Framework also took place at:-

A meeting in Copenhagen on 28 October 2013 via tele-conference.



23rd session of the Human Rights Council, Palais des Nations, Geneva

27 May to 14 June 2013


The Due Diligence Project presented on the following panels in conjunction with the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council.



UN UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW (UPR) & VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & GIRLS 

May 30, 2013

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Palais des Nations - Room XXVI

Geneva, Switzerland


The UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review of UN Member States is an important mechanism/opportunity for NGO's to review gender components of individual country UPR Reports on human rights.


"The issue of violence against women was by far the most prominent of UPR Review recommendations made by countries on women's rights.......Within violence, the issue that received the most attention was Domestic Violence...which was followed by Female Genital Mutilation and Rape, and also Sexual Violence."


Distinguished Speakers:


- OHCHR - Chief of Women's Rights & Gender - Ms. Isha Dyfan 

- Due Diligence Project - Ms. Janine Moussa, Co-Director

          -Center for Women's Global Leadership - CWGL, Rutgers University -  


   Ms. Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director

          -Women's International League for Peace & Freedom - WILPF - 


   Ms. María Muñoz Maraver 

          -WUNRN - Women's UN Report Network - Ms. Lois A. Herman, 


   Coordinator - UPR Power Point


Moderator: Ms. Afton Beutler, President Worldwide Organization for Women – WOW



TRADITIONAL VALUES, CULTURE, RELIGION - WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS

May 30, 2013

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Palais des Nations – Room VIII

Geneva, Switzerland


Distinguished Speakers:


-UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights - Ms. Farida Shaheed


  (statement)

- Dr. Krishna Ahoojapatel - WILPF - Definition of Traditional Values

- Ms. Lois A. Herman - WUNRN-Women's UN Report Network 


  History, Intersections, UN Study   

- Ms. Zarizana Abdul Aziz - Due Diligence Project, Co-Director

-Dr. Lale Say,  World Health Organization, Coordinator Reproductive 


  Health & Research

- Mr. Peter Prove – Ecumenical Advisory Alliance, Executive Director

 

Moderator: Dr. Adebisi Adebayo - Inter-African Committee Geneva


VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & THE HUMAN RIGHT TO PEACE

May 31, 20l3

3:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.

Palais des Nations - Room XXV

Geneva, Switzerland 


The goal of this Panel was to define the serious and protracted violence against women dimensions in conflict, and the reason why women past, present, and future, want peace. The Human Right to Peace would help protect the human rights defined in many important UN documents, as Security Council Resolution 1325, but so often lost or elusive before, during, and after conflict, especially for women and girls.


Distinguished Speakers:


-Ms. Janine Moussa, Due Diligence Project, Co-Director


-Ms. Marie-Claude Julsaint, World YWCA Global Programme Manager  Violence Against Women


-Ms. Colette Samoya, Bangwe et Dialogue-Africa Great Lakes Women - Chair of NGO CSW Geneva Committee on the Human Right to Peace - Statement
     

-Mr Jussi Ojala, Finn Church Aid, Senior Adviser on the Right to Peace


-Ms. Lois A. Herman, Coordinator WUNRN - Women's UN Report Network 



Moderator: Ms. Christina Papazoglou, Programme Executive for Human Rights, World Council of Churches


VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN - LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR GLOBAL ACTION & ACCOUNTABILITY

June 3, 20l3

3:00-5:00 pm

Palais des Nations - Room VIII

Geneva, Switzerland


Distinguished Speakers:


- FOKUS Forum - Norway - Ms. Gro Lindstad, Director

- Due Diligence Project - Ms. Zarizana Abdul Aziz, Co-Director

- Oxfam - Ms. Daniela Rosche,Gender Policy Expert  

- World YWCA - Ms. Marie-Claude Julsaint, Global Programme Manager

  Violence Against Women

-Ms. Barbara Spinelli, Italy Attorney Specialist on VAW & Femicide, 


  UN Expert, International Association for Democratic Lawyers

-Dr. Massouda Jalal - Afghanistan, Founding Chairperson 


  Jalal  Foundation, Former Afghan Minister of Women - Statement

 

Moderator: WUNRN-Women's UN Report Network, Ms. Lois A. Herman, Coordinator


Caribbean Expert Consultative Meeting

7-8 May 2013, the Bahamas


In early May experts from around the Caribbean region gathered to discuss, share and strategize on efforts to eliminate violence against women. The focus of the two day meeting, supported by UN Women Multi-Country Office Caribbean, was to discuss the State obligation to eliminate violence against women in the areas of prevention, protection, prosecution and investigation, punishment and provision of redress – otherwise known as the due diligence obligation. This regional expert meeting was the last in a series organized by the Due Diligence Project, which presented its Due Diligence Framework as a tool for assessing State compliance with its due diligence obligation. The DDProject team further presented its preliminary findings on the application on the due diligence principle and heard from the experts on good practices and challenges in the region. About 20 national and regional experts attended the meeting from various countries around the region, including Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Participants were principally drawn from civil society but were also joined by Government officials as well as representatives of UN Women.  The DDProject is grateful to the Bahamas Crisis Center for its support as local host and implementing partner in the region.


For media coverage, please click here.


Latin American Expert Consultative Meeting

3 - 4 April 2013, San Jose Costa Rica


This  regional  expert   meeting brought  together experts  from around the region, including Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Paraguay. Participants were a mix of academics, advocates, and independent experts, including CEDAW Committee member Line Bareiro (Paraguay), speaking from their national and regional perspectives. The experts came together for a two day intensive discussion on the content, meaning and application of the due diligence principle within the Latin American context. The meeting was led by the Due Diligence Project co-Director Janine Moussa, with the invaluable support and assistance of Roxanna Carillo and DDP Latin American experts and consultants Alda Facio and Anya Victoria. The Fundacion de Justicia y Genero of Costa Rica provided logistical and administrative support.



57th  session  of  the  Commission  on      the  Status  of  Women Side  Event: “Due  Diligence  From the Ground Up : State Compliance to End Violence against Women”

March 7, 2013, New York


In conjunction with the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (“CSW”), a panel was convened by the Due Diligence Project with distinguished guests Frances Raday, Vice Chair of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice and Meryem Aslan, Chief of UN Trust Fund and Madhu Mehra, Executive Director of Partners for Law in Development, India. The panel was hosted by the Governments of Germany and Malaysia and was held at German House in New York City on 7th March 2013. The Permanent Representative from Germany, Ambassador Peter WIttig delivered the opening and the Permanent Representative from Malaysia, Ambassador Hussein Haniff delivered the closing.


For more information please click here.


Click here for Frances Raday’s presentation



Africa Regional Expert Consultative Meeting

December 4-5, 2012, Pretoria, South Africa


The Africa (Sub-Saharan) regional consultative meeting brought together regional experts from Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. The objective of regional consultative meeting is to consult and discuss with experts and stakeholders from the region on the project and to have a focused discussion on systemic regional patterns and thematic issues of importance to the region.





UN Side Event: “Protecting Women

from Violence - Bridging Policy and Practice”

Oct. 16, 2012, United Nations, New York


Please click here for the webcast.


Panelists: Zarizana Aziz, Project Co-Director; Professor Nico Schrijver, member of UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Aldo Facio, Project Regional Consultant for Latin America; Afaf Jabiri, Project Regional Consultant for Middle East and North Africa; Tania Farha, UN Women, Ending Violence Against Women Section. Moderator: Janine Moussa, Project Co-Director.


The Due Diligence Project team consisting of Zarizana, Janine, Alda and Afaf presented the project and our work on protecting women from violence at a side event at the United Nations to coincide with the current 67th General Assembly session. The panel also shared information and discussed State responsibility to protect women  from violence against women in compliance with the due diligence principle and in anticipation of the resolution on Protection against Violence against Women sponsored by the Governments of the Netherlands and France, who were also sponsors of the Side Event. We would like to thank the Governments of the Netherlands and France for sponsoring this event which received overwhelming support and participation.



Presentation and Engagement at Caribbean Consultation “30 Years of Advocacy and Service to Victims of Violence”

Sept 19-20, 2012, Nassau. Bahamas


Project Director Janine Moussa was invited to present on the due diligence principle and the Project at a consultation with crisis centres from 14 Caribbean countries in the Bahamas. The project received tremendous interest and invitations for further collaboration to strategize on incorporating the due diligence principle to end violence against women. For more information about the Consultation,

click here.


Middle East and North Africa Regional Expert Consultative Meeting

Sept 10-11, 2012, Beirut, Lebanon


The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional consultative meeting brought together 18 regional experts from MENA. The objective of regional consultative meeting is to consult and discuss with experts and stakeholders from the region on project and to have a focused discussion on systemic regional patterns and thematic issues of importance to the region.

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Asia Pacific Regional Expert Consultative Meeting

Sept 4-5, 2012, Penang, Malaysia


The Asia-Pacific regional consultative meeting brought together 12 regional experts from Asia-Pacific including 2 international UN experts. Asia-Pacific is a diverse region and it was crucial that the Project engages personally with experts from the Asia Pacific sub-regions. One of the objectives of regional consultative meetings was to deepen the collaboration with experts and stakeholders from the region who had participated in the project.

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Expert Drafting Meeting

June 15-16, 2012, Sofia, Bulgaria


The drafting meeting was attended by the DD Project’s consultants as well as selected experts to discuss common strategies, language and terminology, identify trends and patterns as well as anticipate challenges in the preparation of regional reports. 

Please visit http://www.womenlobby.org/spip.php?article3697 for a write up on the meeting and the Due Diligence Project in EWL (European Women’s Lobby) News - “‘Due Diligence’ and Violence against Women - States’ Responsibilities in the Spotlight with New International Project”


Presentation and Engagement at Asia Pacific Feminist Forum

December 12-14, 2011, Chiang Mai, Thailand


The presentation, titled “Turning the Tables : Women Holding States Accountable for VAW” was delivered by Project Director, Zarizana Abdul Aziz to a packed room of feminists working on violence against women from across Asia Pacific.

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Presentation and Engagement at Latin America and the Caribbean Encuentra Feminista

23-26 November 2011, Bogota, Colombia


Project Director, Janine Moussa, discussed the due diligence principle, particularly on the issue of violence against women and the question of impunity.

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Presentation and Engagement at Expert Meeting on Challenging and Resisting Fundamentalisms

September 7-9, 2011, Istanbul, Turkey


Participants discussed the relevance of the due diligence principle in relation to violence against women committed by both State and non-State fundamentalist actors.

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Presentation and Engagement at European Women's Lobby

June 17-18, 2011, Brussels, Belgium


Project partner and VAW expert, Colette de Troy presented the vision, aims and methodology of the project “Due Diligence and State Responsibility in Relation to VAW” which generated interest among the Observatory experts, who felt this could bring new developments in monitoring States accountability.

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Public Forum on Due Diligence Principle and Presentation of Due Diligence Project

April 28, 2011, Boston, USA


The Due Diligence Project was pleased to welcome the public to this expert panel on state responsibility to eliminate violence against women.

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Expert Meeting on Due Diligence Project


April 26th - 27th 2011, Boston, USA

The Due Diligence Project hosted a gathering of experts to discuss the relevance of due diligence to their work and how to enhance the meaning of the due diligence obligation in ways that would facilitate State accountability.

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Presentation at Workshop on Domestic Violence in Asia

October 7-8. 2010, Singapore

Project Director, Zarizana Abdul Aziz made a presentation of the Due Diligence Project to participants at the workshop who constituted experts on Domestic Violence.

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Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights


Side Event Panel, 29th Session, UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, Switzerland, 19 June 2015


The Due Diligence Project, jointly with the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, Mandate of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice convened the following side event panels:-


DUE DILIGENCE AND THE ROLE OF THE STATE:

Discrimination against Women

in Family and Cultural Life

19 June 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Palais des Nations – Room XXVII

Geneva, Switzerland

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.


Co-hosted by the Governments of Colombia and Mexico, this panel discussed the outcome of the Due Diligence Expert Meeting in December 2014 on the same subject convened in collaboration with OHCHR which output included submission to the UNWG for consideration in its 2015 thematic report. The panel included chair of the UNWG, Emna Aouij and co-director Janine Moussa. The panel was attended by governmental and NGO representatives.


The Due Diligence Project also co-sponsored alongside the OHCHR and UNFPA a side event on Female Genital Mutilation.


This panel was convened by the Women's UN Report Network. The Project presented on the role of the State in the face of traditional practices carried out in the name of culture and religion, and the applicability of the Due Diligence Framework. The presentation similarly discussed the outcome of the December 2014 expert meeting in relation to the cultural harmful practice of female genital mutilation.



Workshop with Parliamentarians in Costa Rica

30 March, 2015, San José, Costa Rica


The Due Diligence Project conducted a workshop with 18 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