Gender, International Law and Justice : Access to Gender Equality

Countries that have ratified or acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) are legally bound to put their provisions into practice.

This project is concerned with how civil society actors intervene at the local, national and international levels to ensure equal protection under laws and equal access to programs designed to improve the delivery of public services (health, education, water, housing) related to core economic, social and cultural rights. The project will take the form of in-depth case studies of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that act as agents for the implementation of international norms in four countries: Argentina, Iran, Kenya and Pakistan.

The project is expected to shed light on how international norms and treaties interact with national legislation and local custom to support or impede the achievement of women's human rights.

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Start Date

Friday, September 15, 2006

End Date

Friday, August 13, 2010


40 months

IDRC Officer

Cos-Montiel, Franscisco

Total funding

CA$ 465,120


Argentina, South America, Iran, Middle East, Kenya, Pakistan, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, North and Central America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Research Director


Centre for International Sustainable Development Law

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