Launch of the Human Rights-Based Approach to Programming Manual

Published: December 9, 2010

UNFPA and the Program on International Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

Date: Thursday, 9 December 2010

Time: 1.15-2.30 PM

Venue: Conference Room 8, 760 UN Plaza (Main UN Building), New York City, NY, USA

RSVP: Please contact Thu Cao (cao@unfpa.org) for a UN Grounds Pass.

In anticipation of Human Rights Day, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will be launching the Human Rights Based Approach to Programming Manual developed in partnership with the Program on International Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/pihhr/).

The Manual aims to:

1.     Provide practical tools for designing and implementing a human rights-based approach;

2.     Link human rights and programming for population and development, sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and womens empowerment, and emergency responses;

3.     Illustrate the benefits of using a human rights-based approach; and

4.     Provide guidance to advocate for human rights in difficult contexts. 

To download a copy of the Manual, please visit the following website: http://www.unfpa.org/public/publications/pid/4919

The agenda for the launch is as follows:

·      Opening Remarks by Werner Haug, Director, Technical Division, UNFPA

·      The Conceptualization of the Manual by Aminata Toure, Chief of the Gender, Culture and Human Rights Branch, Technical Division, and Sofia Gruskin, Associate Professor in Health and Human Rights, Director, Program on International Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

·      The Contributions of the Manual to Reproductive Rights by Luisa Cabal, Director of the International Legal Program, Center for Reproductive Rights

·      The Added Value for the Human Rights-based Approach by Lee Waldorf, Human Rights Adviser, UN Women

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