TITLE: WomenWatch: The UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women

Access: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/

WomenWatch brings together Web sites containing important United Nations (UN) documents and publications, country reports, statistics, and news on global women's issues. It was founded in 1997 to monitor the results of the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995, and to continue the momentum and visibility of the issues brought about by the conference. The three agencies forming the original partnership are the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW). Six additional contributing partners are now also involved and are listed on the Web site.

The home page provides access to international information on women's rights, current news articles, and UN radio programs on topics such as violence against women and HIV/AIDS and gender. Statistics are found under the heading, "Documents and Databases." These include statistics on women in parliament and in the executive branch of government, and social indicators (population, education, literacy, employment, and income). There is a link to the full text of The World's Women 2000: Trends and Statistics. A list of conferences provides access to the documentation of the three UN conferences on women and to other related UN conferences, including the World Summit for Social Development.

The section, "Women of the World," links to country reports on national strategies for follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and to reports to Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The DAW Web site, in addition to covering the CEDAW reports, provides country responses to a questionnaire on Beijing platform implementation, a country compliance table on international legal instruments, and reports of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The links to the partner Web sites provide a host of relevant information such as the full text of the new economic report, Progress of the World's Women 2000, available on the UNIFEM site. The lists of publications on all of these sites serve as excellent selection tools for collection managers. The WomenWatch site would be particularly useful to political science, anthropology, sociology, and women's studies students and faculty.

Marian Shaaban Indiana University Libraries

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