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Network for European Women's Rights, - NEWR, Final Report, EUR 22375

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-50015


Europe stands at a crossroads not only in relation to accession and widening of the Community, but also in relation to women's role within the Community and the states seeking accession. Yet recent academic work on human rights in Europe often omits women's rights. It is the questions about why violations affecting women have not always been understood as human rights issues, what the status of women's rights across Europe is, and how women's rights may be taken forward as human rights in future research and European policy that the NEWR project seeks to address. To this end NEWR focuses on four themes of paramount importance for women in Europe today: 1) trafficking in women, 2) women's reproductive rights, 3) women's citizenship and political participation and 4) women's social entitlements. All themes are theoretically, structurally and de facto intimately related in women's lives.
NEWR's primary methodology, goals, and channel for policy influence are all achieved through the creation of a network of academics, representatives of civil society, governmental, non-governmental, and inter-governmental organisations interested in women's rights. The aim of the network has been to build social capital, to enable future collaborative work and to allow cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogue to further the state of current knowledge on women's rights in Europe. NEWR's bottom-up methodology centres around eight thematic workshops, a launch workshop and final conference, an interactive website and an ongoing and active process of dissemination and reflection.

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