(1) TOPIC GUIDES

Below you will find links to the topic of Advancement of Women that will be discussed in the Economic and Social Council:


(2) COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS



(3) VIDEO GUIDES

Below you will find videos that can help you with research and understanding of the topic:
THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE

(4) LINKS TO NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOS)

MADRE
Women's Refugee Commission
Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)

(5) PRIMARY SOURCES

UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

(6) COUNTRY RESEARCH

To learn more about the particular role of each country's role in the advancement of women, please see the links below.

Afghanistan
Government of Canada, website, Promoting the Advancement of Women in Afghanistan
OAAW, website, The Organization for Advancement of Afghan Women

Algeria
Refworld, paper, Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa - Algeria
AWID, 2015, Combatting Violence Against Women in Algeria: Mobilizing and Challenges

Angola
UN, 2004, Angolan Women Require Special Attention in Effort to Achieve Equality, as Main Victims of Colonialism, Civil War, Committee Told
UNDP, website, Involving Women’s Empowerment in Angola

Australia
Guardian, 2015, Gender pay gap in Australia rises slightly to 18.8%, ABS data show

Austria
Austrian Embassy Washington, website, Women's Rights Austria

Bangladesh
Economist, 2013, Who owns Bangladesh?
BDWF, website, Bangladesh Women's Foundation

Bolivia
Gender Index, dataset, Gender Equality in Bolivia
AlJazeera, 2015, Bolivia Struggles with Gender-Based Violence

Bosnia-Herzegovina
PoliticsRespun, 2012, Women’s Rights in Bosnia: An Interview with Aleksandra
Gender Index, dataset, Gender Equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil
WorldBank, 2013, Gender Equality Pays Off in Brazil
Medium, 2015, Gender Equality? Brazil’s Progress Remains Almost Non-existent

Canada
CBC News, 2015, Secret Status of Women Report Paints Grim Picture for Canada
UN, 2016, UN Women Chief, Canadian Prime Minister Spotlight Need to Build Global Movement for Gender Equality

China
The Diplomat, 2016, Why China Is So Interested in Gender Equality
New York Times, 2016, Year After Detentions, Chinese Feminists Mark Setbacks and Progress

Croatia
EU, Policy Article, Current Situation of Gender Equality in Croatia
UN, Policy Article, Permanent Mission To UN: Croatia

Czech Republic
EU, Policy Article, Policy on Gender Equality in the Czech Republic
EU, Policy Article, Current Situation of Equality in the Czech Republic

Egypt
BBC, 2013, Egypt Worst for Women out of 22 Countries in Arab World
EgyptianStreets, 2015, Do Women in Egypt Actually Want Equality?

Ethiopia
Ethiopian Embassy, website, Women in Ethiopia
UN, case studies/policy initiative, Ethiopia: Leave no Women Behind

Finland
UN, Policy Article, Finland: Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (1995) and the Outcome of the Twenty-Third Special Session of the General Assembly (2000)
EU, Policy Article, Current Situation of Gender Equality in Finland

France
EU, Policy Article, Current Situation of Gender Equality in France
Reuters, 2014, France Passes Sweeping Gender Equality Law

Germany
Guardian, 2014, Germany backs law demanding at least 30% women in top boardrooms
EU, Policy Article, Policy on Gender Equality in Germany

Haiti
Northeastern, website, Gender in Haiti
UN, Policy Article, Haiti: Supporting Gender Justice, Development and Peace

Hungary
EU, Policy Article, Current Situation of Equality in Hungary
Gender Index, dataset, Gender Equality in Hungary

India
FSD, website, Gender Equity Issues in India
IndianExpress, 2015, More Gender Inequality in India than Pakistan, Bangladesh

Indonesia
The Jakarta Post, 2016,Indonesia stresses importance of education for women at Islamic conference

Council on Foreign Relations, 2016, $6 Billion Financing Gap Holds Back Indonesian Women Entrepreneurs



Israel
Jewish Virtual Library, speech (2004), Israeli Statement on the Advancement of Women
Israel MFA, address/speech (2013), Israel Statement on the Advancement of Women

Italy
Farnesina, 2015, The Italian Cooperation and Women’s Rights Italy’s Efforts
EU, Policy Article, Gender Equality in Italy

Japan
JapanTimes, 2014, Japan Remains Near Bottom of Gender Gap Ranking
BBC, 2015, Breaking out of Japan's male-dominated workplace

Jordan
USAID, website, Gender Equality and Female Empowerment
UN, 2015, Jordan Steps it Up for Gender Equality

Lebanon
WILPF, 2013, Empowerment for The Women of Lebanon
Khazen, Research Article, Discrimination Against Women in Lebanon

Libya
UN, Policy Article, Libya: Gender Equality Profile
EqualTimes, 2013, Libyan Women: Liberated but Not Yet Free

Malaysia
Malaysiakini, 2015, Gender Inequality and women in Malaysia
WikiGender, database, Malaysia Statistics

Mexico
Guardian, 2015, Mexican state known for gender-based violence issues emergency alert
MexicoNewsDaily, 2016, In Gender Equality, Mexico Still Has a Ways to Go

Nepal
UN, 2015, The Gender Factor in Nepal's Reconstruction
UN, website, UN Nepal Info Platform

New Zealand
Government of New Zealand, website, Ministry for Women NZ
NZ Herald, 2016, NZ Still Lagging in Top Jobs for Women

Nigeria
BBC, 2016, Nigeria anger as Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill fails
GenderIndex, website/database, Gender Equality in Nigeria

Pakistan

Daily Times, 2016, __Pakistan draws world attention on IHK women__
Huffington Post, 2016, Two small steps for women, a long road ahead for womenkind

Papua New Guinea
UN, website, UN Women: Papua New Guinea
JICA, Policy Article, Country Gender Profile: Papua New Guinea

Peru
UN, Policy Article, Concluding Comments of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Peru
ProjectPeru, website, Women in Peru

Qatar
UN, Policy Article, Gender Equality Profile: Qatar
QNA, 2016, Qatar Committed to Advancement and Empowerment of Women - Minister

Russia
HumanRightsHouse, 2007, Do Women Have Equal Rights with Men in Russia?
PWC, 2013, Spotlight on Russia – Women Leaders in Russian Business

Senegal
Guardian, 2012, Senegal Makes Headway on Gender Equality – But Not Everyone is Happy
UNHRC, 2015, Women in Senegal: Breaking the Chains of Silence and Inequality

Sierre Leone
SierraExpressMedia, 2013, Sierra Leone Partakes in UN High-level Panel on the Advancement of Women
USAID, website, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Sierra Leone

South Africa
Questia, Academic Article, Perceptions of Barriers to the Advancement of Women in Management and Leadership Positions in South Africa
ENCA, 2014, Is Gender Equality Still an Issue in SA?

South Korea
USAToday, 2015, S. Korea Reflects Lag in Gender Equality
HuffingtonPost, 2015, A Long Way To Go For Gender Equality In South Korea

Spain
EU, Policy Article, Current Situation of Gender Equality in Spain
OpenDemocracy, 2014, Gender Inequality in Spain: Glass Ceiling or Steel Barrier?

Sri Lanka
ILO, website, Equality and Discrimination in Sri Lanka and the Maldives
IPS, 2015, Sri Lanka’s Development Goals Fall Short on Gender Equality

Sweden
UN, website, Sweden's Follow-Up to the UN Fourth World Conference on Women
Government of Sweden, website, Gender Equality in Sweden

Syria
NewYorkTimes, 2016, A Dream of Secular Utopia in ISIS' Backyard
GenderIndex, website/database, Gender Equality in Syrian Arab Republic

Thailand
HumanRightsWatch, Legislation, Thailand Gender Equality Act
SocialWatch, 2012, Thailand’s Gender Equality Is Superior to Its Neighbours’, Says Watchdog Organization

Togo
AfricanBusinessEnvironment, 2012, Togo / advancement of women: the AFCET 10 years
UNECA, 2013, Togo Adopts Tool to Enhance Gender Equality

Tunisia
OpenDemocracy, 2015, Women’s Rights in Tunisia: Promising Future or Religio-political Game?
HumanRightsWatch, 2015, Tunisia: A Step Forward for Women’s Rights

Ukraine
BBC, 2015, Ukraine: MPs Perform Women's Rights Play in Parliament
UN, Policy Article, Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000) in the context of the twentieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (2015)

United Kingdom
BITC, Database, Women and Work: The Facts
TheWomensResourceCenter, website, Women’s Equality in the UK – A Health Check

United States
ACLU, website, Women's Rights
UN, 2015, Women in US Lagging Behind in Human Rights, UN Experts Report After ‘Myth-shattering’ Visit

Uruguay
Guardian, 2014, Women's Rights and Gender Equality: Uruguay
Gender Index, database, Gender Equality in Uruguay

Venezuela
VenezuelanAnalysis, 2015, Venezuela’s Maduro Vows Equal Gender Representation for Parliament on International Women’s Day
TeleSUR, 2014, Venezuela Praised for Increasing Gender Equality at UN Women's Conference