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Today there are thousands of resources available on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, in schools, and in other areas of life.

In this section the resources listed first are those that specifically relate to the United States, followed by those resources that relate to the global community. The list includes resources not only related to sexual harassment, but about other gender issues and the problems of men and women everywhere. The value and usefulness of each resource is left to the discretion of the reader.

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Organizations and Associations

The Global Campaign for Women's Human Rights; 1333 H Street N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005. 202/682-1270; Fax: 202/682-2154.

The International Programme for the Improvement of Working Conditions and Environment (PIACT) was established by the International Labour Organisation in 1976 at the request of the International Labour Conference and after extensive consultations with member States. The purpose of PIACT is to promote or support action by member States in setting and reaching definite objectives aiming at "making work more human". The Programme is concerned with improving the quality of working life in all aspects. To achieve these aims, PIACT utilizes and coordinates the traditional means of ILO action including: the preparation and revision of international labour standards; operational activities, including the dispatch of multidisciplinary teams to assist member States on request; tripartite meetings between representatives of governments, employers and workers, including industrial committees to study the problems facing major industries, regional meetings and meetings of experts; action-oriented studies and research; and clearing-house activities, especially through the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS) and the Clearing-house for the Dissemination of Information on Conditions of Work.

Resource Materials

Conditions of Work Digest: Combating Sexual Harassment at Work. Volume 11, No. 1. International Labor Organisation, 1992.

Humana, Charles. World Human Rights Guide. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 1992.

EXPERTS ON WOMEN'S ISSUES WORLDWIDE

Human Rights Abuse in the Family

Charolette Bunch, Director, Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University, Douglass College Campus, 27 Clifton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08903. 908/932-8782 or 7118; Fax: 908/932-1180. Feminist author, organizer, teacher and activist, Ms. Bunch has been a leading figure in the international women's movement for over two decades. The Global Center has organized more than 800 women's organizations worldwide to support the Global Campaign for Women's Human Rights. Ms. Bunch has been a leader in the NGO preparatory meetings for the UN World Conference on Human Rights.

Roxanna Carrillo, UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women), 304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017. 212/906-6454; Fax: 212/906-6705. A Peruvian, Ms. Carrillo will represent UNIFEM at the World Human Rights Conference. She is well known throughout Latin America for her work on violence against women as a development issue.

Rhonda Copelon, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director, International Women's Human Rights Clinic (IWHR), CUNY Law School, 65-21 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11367. 718/575-4329; Fax: 718/575-4478. Ms. Copelon is a leading legal authority on reproductive health issues and women's human rights currently involved in the legal issues concerning gender justice and war crimes in connection with the UN proposal for a war crimes tribunal on the former Yugoslavia. She has written reconceptualizing domestic violence and rape as torture, and served as a member of the expert committee that drafted the proposed Inter-American Convention to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Violence Against Women.

Marsha Freeman, Deputy Director, International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW), Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301-19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455. 612/625-5093; Fax: 612/625-6351. Author of numerous articles and papers, Ms. Freeman specializes in women's human rights, gender bias and the implementation of the Women's Human Rights Treaty in the developing world.

Shauna Swiss, M.D., Director of the Women's Program, Physicians for Human Rights, 100 Boylston Street, Suite 702, Boston, MA 02116. 617/695-0041; Fax: 617/695-0307. A physician, Ms. Swiss is an expert on the physical, psychological and social consequences of violence, torture and rape in war. She has written and spoken internationally on her recent trips to Liberia and the former Yugoslavia, and collaborates with women's health organizations to build local capacity to develop community-based programs for women who have been victims of rape and other war-related trauma.

War Crimes Against Women in Conflict Situations

Jessica Neuwirth, Director, Equality Now, 226 West 58th Street, #4, New York, NY 10019. 212/586-0906. Formerly with Amnesty International, Ms. Neuwirth is an attorney who founded Equality Now to mobilize actions (letter writing, fax campaigns, video witnessing and media events) on behalf of individual women whose rights are violated and to promote women's rights at local, national and international levels. The Women's Action Network distributes "Women's Actions," bulletins in English, French and Spanish that contain information about specific abuses and recommend concrete actions to be taken.

Nelia Sancho Liao, Director, Asian Women Human Rights Council, P.O. Box 190, 1099 Manila, Philippines. 632/921-5571. A former political prisoner under the Marcos regime and an ex-beauty queen, Ms. Liao founded the Asian Women's Human Rights Council. It has conducted a series of tribunals throughout Asia on military sexual slavery from World War II to current conflicts in Asia.

Dorothy Q. Thomas, Director, Women's Rights Project, Human Rights Watch, 1522 K Street N.W., Suite 910, Washington, D.C. 20005. 202/371-6592; Fax: 202/371-0124. Ms. Thomas specializes in monitoring and documenting human rights abuses against women with an emphasis on violence throughout the world. Special reports have been issues on Peru, Brazil, Pakistan and Kuwait. A report on Burmese prostitutes in Thailand will be issued shortly.

Violations Against Women's Bodies: Health, Sexuality, Reproduction

Rebecca Cook, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 78 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2C5. 416/978-4666; Fax: 416/978-7899. An internationally known attorney who frequently writes and speaks on international law, reproductive rights and health issues and women's human rights, Ms. Cook directs the International Human Rights Law Programme and teaches International Human Rights Law, Reproductive Health Law and Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care. She also serves as a legal advisor to the Ford Foundation, the World Health Organization in Geneva and the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

Seble Dawit, Visiting Associate to the Center for Women's Global Leadership, Douglass College, 27 Clifton Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903. 908/932-8782; Fax: 908/932-1180. An Ethiopian attorney, Ms. Dawit has specialized in women's health issues and human rights. Formerly on the staff of the International Women's Health Coalition, she is in the forefront of new legal strategies to take effective action against genital mutilation.

Lynn Freedman, Associate Director, Development, Law & Policy Program, 60 Haven Avenue, #B3, New York, NY 10032. 212/305-6971; Fax: 212/305-7024. An attorney, Ms. Freedman is known for her expertise in the public health aspects of reproductive rights and law.

Anika Rahman, Staff Attorney, The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, International Program, 120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005. 212/514-5534; Fax: 212/514-5538. Ms. Rahman's work focuses on reproductive health issues in developing nations. She has also worked on redress for victims of sexual harassment and legal issues involving the rights of immigrants, specifically the issues facing battered immigrant women in the United States. Ms. Rahman has conducted extensive research on issues relating to dowry laws in India and Muslim personal law in the South Asian region.

Nahid Toubia, Associate of the Ebert Program in Reproductive Health at The Population Council, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY 10017. 212/339-0632; Fax: 212/755-6052. The first woman surgeon in Sudan, Ms. Toubia is internationally known for her expertise on abortion-related injury and death and genital mutilation. She is also a member of several scientific and technical advisory committees of the World Health Organization and sits on the advisory committee of the Women's Rights Watch Project of Human Rights Watch.

Socio-Economic Human Rights of Women

Leni Marin, Senior Program Specialist, Family Violence Prevention Fund, Building One, Suite 200, 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110. 415/821-4553 (ext. 556); Fax: 415/824-3873. As coordinator of the Fund's Battered Immigrant and Refugee Women's Rights Project, Ms. Marin played a leadership role in organizing the Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Services/Immigrant Women's Task Force's historic hearing: "Documenting Human Rights Abuses Against Immigrant and Refugee Women in the United States." An immigrant from the Phillippines, Ms. Marin has devoted her time to work on behalf of critical services for immigrant and refugee women and battered women and their children.

Celina Romany, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director, International Women's Human Rights Clinic (IWHR), CUNY Law School, 65-21 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11367. 718/575-4329; Fax: 718/575-4478. Recognized in feminist legal theory and the reconceptualization of women's rights as human rights, Ms. Romany studies the links between violence against women and issues of race, gender and class, and civil, political, social and economic rights.

Sima Wali, Executive Director, Refugee Women in Development (RefWID), Inc., 810 First Street N.E., Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20002. 202/289-1104; Fax: 202/289-8173. A refugee from Afghanistan, Ms. Wali has represented refugee women in national and international conferences and she is an expert on the special concerns of refugees and women's human rights.

Political Participation

Florence Butegwa, Regional Coordinator for WiLDAF (Women in Law and Development in Africa), P.O. Box 4622, Harare, Zimbabwe. 2634-729-151 or 2634-467-11; Fax: 2634-731-901(902). An attorney with extensive international experience, Ms. Butegwe is widely regarded as an expert on international law and women's human rights. She has been instrumental in developing a network of women's organizations in 15 African countries to facilitate communications among women's human rights advocates.

Arvonne Fraser, Director, International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW), Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301-19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455. 612/625-2505; Fax: 612/625-6351. Following decades of leadership in the U.S. and international women's rights communities, Ms. Fraser is an expert on the proposed Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) which has been ratified by 121 nations, but has yet to be ratified by the United States. She recently headed the U.S. delegation to the UN Commission of the Status of Women and is considered an expert on the history of the Women's Human Rights Treaty.

Katherine Le Maguersse, Presidente, AVFT, B.P. 108, 75561 Paris Cedix 12, France; phone: 45 84 24 24; fax: 45 83 43 93; e-mail: avft@globenet.org; website: www.globenet.org/avft. The AVFT, European Organization Against Violence Towards Women at Work, is an independent international feminist organization that defends the rights and integrity of women. Contact AVFT, 6/99

Marge Schuler, Director, Institute for Women, Law & Development (IWLD), 733 15th Street N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005. 202/393-3663; Fax: 202/393-3664. An expert on legal literacy and informal education, Dr. Schuler has been instrumental in supporting the creation of women's rights organizations and networks that link advocates in Asia, Africa and Latin America, an outgrowth of her organization of the Third World Forum on Women, Law and Development in 1985. Dr. Schuler has written extensively on women's rights strategies from a cross-cultural perspective and has edited several books that draw on women's experiences from around the world.

Maria Suarez, Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE), Apartado 88, Santa Ana, Costa Rica. 506-421-821; Fax: 506-491-929. Founder and Coordinator of Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE) headquartered in Costa Rica, Ms. Suarez is known throughout Central America as an expert on women's human rights.

*The names of leaders and their descriptions are from the Global Campaign for Women's Human Rights.

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