Relevant Literature on Human Rights in Africa


United Nations' Documents
Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948
G.A. res. 2200A (XXI), 21 U.N.GAOR Supp. (No. 16) at 49, U.N. Doc. A/6316 (1966), 993 U.N.T.S. 3, entered into force Jan. 3, 1976
Adopted by the World Food Conference, Rome, U.N. Doc. E/CONF. 65/20, at 1 (1974)
G.A. res. 34/180, 34 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 46) at 193, U.N. Doc. A/34/46, entered into force Sept. 3, 1981
193 U.N.T.S. 135, entered into force July 7, 1954
G.A. res. 48/104, 48 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 217, U.N. Doc. A/48/49 (1993)
adopted by the Expert Seminar on the Practice of Forced Evictions Geneva, 11-13 June 1997

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Fourth World Conference on Women(Full Document) 15 September 1995, A/CONF.177/20 (1995) and A/CONF.177/20/Add.1 (1995)

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women: Action for Equality, Development and Peace, Beijing, 15 September 1995

Chapter I -MISSION STATEMENT

Chapter II - GLOBAL FRAMEWORK

Chapter III - CRITICAL AREAS OF CONCERN

Chapter IV - STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES AND ACTIONS (See chapter in Full or in smaller sections listed in the following table)

A. Women and Poverty E. Women and Armed Conflict I. Human Rights of Women
B. Education and Training Women F. Women and the Economy J. Women and the Media
C. Women and Health G. Women in Power and Decision Making K. Women and the Environment
D. Violence Against Women H. Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women L. The Girl Child

Chapter V - INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS

Chapter VI - FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS

 

African Documents - Governmental and Pan-African
OAU Doc. CAB/LEG/24.9/49 (1990)
adopted June 27, 1981, OAU Doc. CAB/LEG/67/3 rev. 5, 21 I.L.M. 58 (1982), entered into force Oct. 21, 1986: [excerpts] . . .
OAU Doc. OAU/LEG/MIN/AFCHPR/PROT.1 rev.2(1997)
479 U.N.T.S. 39, entered into force Sept. 13, 1963
1990
1990
September, 1990

African Platform for Action adopted by the Fifth Regional Conference on Women (Full Document)

Declaration

I. Statement of Mission

II. Global and Regional Perspectives

III. Critical Areas of Concern

A. Women's poverty, insufficient food security and lack of economic empowerment
B. Insufficient access of women to education, training, science and technology
C. Women's vital role in culture, the family and socialization
D. Improvement of women's health, reproductive health including family planning and integrated population programmes
E. Women's relationship and linkages to environment and natural resource management
F. The political empowerment of women
G. Women's legal and human rights
H. Involvement of women in the peace process
I. Mainstreaming of gender-disaggregated data
J. Women, information, communication and arts
K. The girl-child

IV. Strategic Objectives and Actions to be Taken

V. [Resource implications and mobilization & Institutional arrangements for the implementation of the African Platform for Action]

VI. Follow-up Mechanism for the Implementation and Monitoring of the African Platform for Action

held at Dakar from 16 to 23 November 1994

THE PAN-AFRICAN CONGRESS (Some of the Principal Resolutions Passed)

Manchester, 1945

PAN-AFRICAN CULTURAL MANIFEST

ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY: FIRST ALL AFRICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL, Algiers, July/August 1969

FIRST CONFERENCE OF INDEPENDENT AFRICAN STATES

Accra, April 15-22, 1958

 

African Documents - Non Governmental Organizations
12 September, 1995.
 

"Market Doesn't Replace Need for Development Cooperation" African NGO Declaration for UNCTAD IX

Midrand, South Africa, April 1996

NGO PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE AFRICAN PLATFORM FOR ACTION (Full Document) 12-15 NOVEMBER 1994, DAKAR, SENEGAL

Document broken into sections:

Statement of the Platform for Action Drafting Committee Dakar, November 15, 1994

I. PREAMBLE

II. GUIDING PRINCIPLES

III. GLOBAL AND REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES

A. Global perspective
B. Regional perspective

 

IV. CRlTICAL AREAS OF CONCERN

A. Women, poverty, food security and economic empowerment {{Women in agriculture}}
B. Women, education, training, science and technology
C. Women, culture, {{Religion}}, the family and socialization
D. Women's health, {{Including Reproductive Health}}, family planning and population
E. Women, environment and <<Natural Resource Management>> {{sustainable development}}
F. The political empowerment of women,{{Decision-Making and Power Sharing}}
G. Women's legal and human rights
H. Women Refugees, internally Displaced, in Situations of Armed Conflict and in the Peace Process
I. Mainstreaming of {{Sex and Race}}<<gender>>-disaggregated data
{{J. The Girl Child}}
{{K. Women with Special Needs}}

V. PLATFORM FOR ACTION

A. Measures required

1. Women, poverty, food security and economic empowerment {{Women in agriculture}}
2. Women, education, training, science and technology
3. Women, culture, {{religion}}, the family and socialization
4. Women's health, {{reproductive health}}, family planning and population
5. Women, environment and <<natural resource management>> {{Sustainable development}}
6. The political empowerment of women, {{decision-making and power sharing}}
7. Women's legal and human rights
8. Women {{refugees, internally displaced, in armed conflict situations and}}in the peace process
9. Mainstreaming of {{sex and race}} <<gender->> disaggregated data
10 {{The girl child}}
11. {{Women with special needs}}

 

B. Resource implications and mobilization
C. Institutional arrangements for the implementation of the Platform for Action

 

 

Other Documents
Sources: 1997 and 2025 population size, rate of natural increase (1990-1995), and average births per woman (1990-1995): United Nations. World Population Prospects: The 1996 Revision. New York: United Nations, 1996; contraceptive prevalence: United Nations. Levels and Trends of Contraceptive Use as Assessed in 1994. New York: United Nations, 1996 and most recent Demographic and Health Surveys data; maternal mortality: WHO and UNICEF. Revised 1990 Estimates of Maternal Mortality. A New Approach by WHO and UNICEF. WHO, 1996; infant mortality: UNICEF. The State of the World's Children 1998. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1998; literacy: UNESCO. 1997 Statistical Yearbook. Paris and Lanham, MD: UNESCO and Bernan Press, 1997; GNP per capita: World Bank. World Development Report 1997 and World Development Indicators 1997. Washington, DC: World Bank, 1997