Call for Contributions

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Study on “good practices” in the elimination of discrimination against women for the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice

We need your expertise to identify examples of meaningful change for women!

Call for ContributionsThe Women’s Human Rights Institute (WHRI) is undertaking a research project for the upcoming thematic report of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice (UNWGDAW) on “good practices” in the elimination of discrimination in law and practice and the promotion of substantive equality and women’s self-empowerment.

The focus of the study is to map out the processes by which good laws that promote substantive equality for women, whether legislation or case law, come into being and are meaningfully implemented in a way that impacts women’s de facto enjoyment of their human rights.  The study aims to map out the processes by which meaningful legal changes occur and are operationalized to make a measurable impact on women’s lived experience, with the expressed intention of highlighting the vital and dynamic role of civil society actors in these processes. You can read more about our conceptual framework and the parameters of this study [here].

We need to hear from women’s organizations and experts on the ground to identify laws that could potentially be developed into case studies of “good/promising practices” in eliminating discrimination and empowering women. If you have knowledge of such a law in your context, we invite you to participate in our study in one of two ways:

UN Poster1) Fill out a short (four-question) questionnaire;
2) Submit a more in-depth case study of a legislation or case law using our preformatted templates of approximately three pages long.

Instructions for both of these options for participation in the study are provided below.

We also ask that you forward this Call for Contributions widely to your networks. This will help us to ensure that grassroots voices are centrally situated in the findings.

Thank you in advance for your time and efforts. Your contributions will be meaningfully incorporated into a study that we believe will have a long-lasting impact on how good practices involving law in the context of ending discrimination against women are understood, developed, and implemented.


The purpose of this questionnaire is to identify laws around the globe that have played a role in the elimination or substantial reduction of discrimination against women and that have potential to be developed into holistic case studies for the Working Group on DAWs 2017 “good practices” report. If you have knowledge of one or more laws in your context that you would like to recommend as the basis for possible case studies, please fill out this short, four-question questionnaire and return it to

  1. Has there been a law—whether legislation or case law—that has eliminated or substantially reduced discrimination against women and supported women’s empowerment in your context?
    Please provide the name/title of the legislation or case, the country and or region in which this law came into being, and the date the law was passed or the date of the case decision.
  2. What specific impacts for women have resulted from this law or case on a social, legal and/or political level? Please provide documents and/or links to specific and measurable outcomes where possible.
  3. Were you involved in the developmental stages and/or implementation of this legislation or case? If so, please explain your involvement in as much detail as possible.
  4. Are there individuals/groups/organizations that we can contact who have in-depth knowledge of this legislation or case? If so, please provide names and contact information below, as well as a brief description of who they are and how they are involved with this legislation or case.

You can answer these questions and submit by email by downloading the Word document version of the questionnaire:  [English] [Spanish] [French] [Arabic]

The Deadline for Questionnaire Submissions is September 12, 2016.

Case Study Contribution

If you or your group/organization has in-depth knowledge of a particular legislation or case that has had a meaningful impact for women on the ground, we welcome the contribution of full case studies. If your case study is submitted in full in accordance with our guidelines/parameters, you and/or your group/organization will be fully acknowledged for your contribution in the final report submitted to the UN Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination Against Women in Law and in Practice.

To submit a case study, please first read the Conceptual Guide for Case Study Contributions to better understand the focus and conceptual framework of our study. You can download the document here:

Conceptual Guide for Case Study Contributions [English] [French] [Spanish] [Arabic]

Then download either the legislation or case law case study contribution template, as appropriate:

Case Study Contribution Template – Legislation [English] [French] [Spanish] [Arabic]
Case Study Contribution Template – Case Law [English] [French] [Spanish] [Arabic]

Answer as many of the questions as you are able to, in as much depth as possible, providing relevant documents and/or links where available. You may respond in English, French, Spanish, or Arabic. Remember that our intention is to develop holistic narratives of how good laws came to being and were implemented, highlighting not only effective state processes and mechanisms but also the essential role of civil society in the making and implementation of these laws. Our aim for this research is to shed light on the actions and actors involved in these process that often go unseen and unappreciated.  We need your help to bring the full story to light.

If you have questions or concerns while developing your case study, please contact us at

Once you have filled in the template to the best of your ability, please send the completed form to If we have further questions about your case study, one of our researchers will contact you.

The Deadline for Case Study Submissions is September 15, 2016.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this the study. Your contribution is truly invaluable.