(My thanks to IntLawGrrls for the opportunity to contribute this introductory post)
Countries that have ratified or acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women are legally bound to put its provisions into practice.
But how far has gender equality advanced since 1979, when the UN General Assembly adopted the world’s foremost treaty on women’s rights?
IMPOWR, the American Bar Association’s International Model Project for Women's Rights, is an exciting new initiative that seeks to answer this question. In my capacity as Vice Chair of the Task Force for IMPOWR, I write to introduce this project.
IMPOWR aims to create a new model for transparency by means of a globally accessible database that contains both the national laws that implement the provisions of CEDAW and a list of the worldwide network of organizations committed to advancing women’s rights through law.
The IMPOWR database includes summaries of gender equality laws, legal reforms, and enforcement efforts, organized into 41 specific topic areas and covering 194 countries. Hundreds of volunteer hours by attorneys and researchers around the world have contributed to this cutting-edge project. We welcome others to get involved. There are no time minimums or requirements.
►Database contributors: We welcome persons interested in researching and summarizing laws that impact women’s rights. That information will be published online in the IMPOWR database.
►Organizational Partners: IMPOWR is looking for volunteers who can help us develop contacts with nongovernmental organizations or other groups that advocate women’s rights through law.
►Keep in touch: IMPOWR can be found on a host of social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
To join us, fill out the volunteer form here or contact our outreach committee members at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We look forward to welcoming you.