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Are borders only georgaphic? A case study of whether framing of women’s rights as human rights is successful at the domestic level
Unformatted Document Text:  Framing women’s rights as human rights 11 Finally, many governmental reports from this region discuss the active cooperation between states and NGOs in these countries. Governmental reports from a number of these countries point out that governments actively cooperate with NGOs and state authorities participate in NGOs activities (Russian Federation, 2000; Uzbekistan, 2000). Therefore, governments that present their efforts according to the international frame of women rights as human rights are seen in a positive light on the international arena. Alternative reports on the implementation of the Platform Alternative reports from NGOs of these countries demonstrate that the situation is far from perfect. For example, Moldovian alternative report (2000) clearly states that no real analysis on the implementation of the Plan of Action exists in the country. In addition, it says, “There are no concrete proposals on the improvement of the legislation in the direction of the implementation of gender equality in the society.” Alternative reports also challenge governments’ statements about cooperation with NGOs, “Speaking about NGOs, it has not been mentioned how the government cooperates with the NGOs. There are cases when the State prevents activity of the women NGO” (Moldovian alternative report, p. 4). Many alternative reports directly state that there is no funding available for the implementation of the Beijing programs (Russian alternative report, 1999; Ukrainian alternative report, 2000). Ukrainian NGOs report that, although governmental grants are available to NGOs, procedures to obtain the grants are weak, unclear, and thus uneffective. Russian NGOs say that there are no resources allocated in the government for the implementation of the National Action Plan and no procedures for the implementation of guarantees of equal rights are proposed. Moreover, Russian report states that the information and resources are often available only to selected NGOs in the country that are in general more cooperative with the government.

Authors: Tsetsura, Katerina.
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Framing women’s rights as human rights
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Finally, many governmental reports from this region discuss the active cooperation
between states and NGOs in these countries. Governmental reports from a number of these
countries point out that governments actively cooperate with NGOs and state authorities
participate in NGOs activities (Russian Federation, 2000; Uzbekistan, 2000). Therefore,
governments that present their efforts according to the international frame of women rights as
human rights are seen in a positive light on the international arena.
Alternative reports on the implementation of the Platform
Alternative reports from NGOs of these countries demonstrate that the situation is far
from perfect. For example, Moldovian alternative report (2000) clearly states that no real
analysis on the implementation of the Plan of Action exists in the country. In addition, it says,
“There are no concrete proposals on the improvement of the legislation in the direction of the
implementation of gender equality in the society.” Alternative reports also challenge
governments’ statements about cooperation with NGOs, “Speaking about NGOs, it has not been
mentioned how the government cooperates with the NGOs. There are cases when the State
prevents activity of the women NGO” (Moldovian alternative report, p. 4).
Many alternative reports directly state that there is no funding available for the
implementation of the Beijing programs (Russian alternative report, 1999; Ukrainian alternative
report, 2000). Ukrainian NGOs report that, although governmental grants are available to NGOs,
procedures to obtain the grants are weak, unclear, and thus uneffective. Russian NGOs say that
there are no resources allocated in the government for the implementation of the National Action
Plan and no procedures for the implementation of guarantees of equal rights are proposed.
Moreover, Russian report states that the information and resources are often available only to
selected NGOs in the country that are in general more cooperative with the government.


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