Genealogy of Activist Categories
The categories listed below on women, gender, and human rights activism draw inspiration from several key documents. One important text has been the Convention On The Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979 and is often described as the "international bill of rights for women." The Austin Activist Guide also considers documents drafted at the four United Nations-sponsored conferences on women that include Mexico (1975), Copenhagen (1980), Nairobi (1985), and Beijing (1995). Finally the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (2007) have been employed in conceptualizing categories that define activism on women, gender, and human rights.
The EWHRI has relied upon these documents because of their importance in shaping an understanding of women, gender, and human rights advocacy in the international human rights community. However, the initiative recognizes that many other resources could be employed to help define these categories.
Community Media Science & Technology
Education Migration Shelter
Environment Race and Ethnicity Work
Law Sexualities (LGBTQ)
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. "Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women - Convention." Last modified 2007. http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/convention.htm.
The United Nations. "Outcomes on Gender and Equality." Last modified 2007. www.un.org/en/development/devagenda/gender.shtml.
The Yogakarta Principles. "The Yogakarta Principles: The Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity." Last modified 2006. www.yogyakartaprinciples.org.