Antenna Uit de APC Nieuwsgroep: women.violence

Geschreven door op 02 May 1996 12:00:05 -080 met als onderwerp: ANNOUNCING NEWW.RIGHTS


The Network of East-West Women is pleased to announce the
opening of two electronic conferences, one in Russian and one in English,
with corresponding majordomo mailinglists on women's legal rights
issues. These conferences will provide an ongoing Legal Resource Service
for all who are interested in gender and law issues in post-communist

Each month we will concentrate on one legal theme, such as labor law,
family law, and so forth. The research and compilation of materials is being
coordinated by a team of law professors, law students, translators, and
NEWW staff, headed by Dr. Isabel Marcus of SUNY-Buffalo and a law
student at SUNY-Buffalo named Lori Hirtalen, together with Dr. Marley
Weiss of University of Maryland School of Law; Dr. Joan Williams of
Washington School of Law at American University; Dr. Martha Fineman of
Columbia University Law School; Dr. Nadine Taub of Rutgers University
Women's Litigation Clinic; attorney Robin Phillips of the Minnesota
Advocates for Human Rights; Dr. Anne Goldstein and Kristen Hansen of
Georgetown University Law School; Urszula Nowakowska of the Women's
Rights Center in Warsaw; Lena Kochkina of the Moscow Center for Gender
Studies; Irina Doskich and Galina Venediktova of NEWW-Moscow; Victoria
Vrana, Dorota Majewska, Lisa Mbele-Mbong, and Shana Penn of NEWW-
D.C. Translations will be coordinated by Olga Lipovskaya, director of the
Petersburg Center for Gender Issues,

**In the first month we will present annotated bibliographies, Internet
resources and other materials on DOMESTIC VIOLENCE that provide local
and international understandings of the laws and legal debates**

For example, the digest on Domestic Violence will present materials on Self-
Help; Recovery; Working With Battered Women; Legal Education and
Lawyers as Service Providers; Impact on Children and Related Issues;
Shelters and other Programs for Women; Teenage Dating Violence; Women
Who Kill Their Batterers; International Perspectives and Human Rights (to
name a few).

We invite you to make use of the articles, bibliographies and
announcements that are posted to these conferences and to please send us
materials you think are appropriate, timely and useful. While we welcome
any legal question or announcement, particularly when a political situation
demands immediate attention, we encourage you to focus on the proposed
monthly topic as much as possible.
More information about how the Service will operate is included in a project
summary which accompanies this letter.

From Moscow, the Legal Resource Service is being managed by Irina
Doskich and Galina Venediktova, whose email address is
and from Washington, DC the Service is managed
by Victoria Vrana at . St. Petersburg Center for
Gender Issues, under the direction of Olga Lipovskaya, will be translating
many of our materials.

The address for the Russian language conference on Glasnet is
and the address for the English language conference
on Womensnet is .


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a project of the Network of East-West Women
supported by the Eurasia Foundation

The On-Line Legal Resource Service Project aims to create a self-
sustaining infrastructure of useful informational resources and ongoing
technical assistance that will support the networks of women's NGOs and
other NGOs currently helping to create a rule of law in Central and Eastern
Europe (CEE) and the former Soviet Union (FSU), one that includes
women and women's social and legal concerns. The Project is the
necessary next step to advancing women's broad-based, long-term access to
communication technology and timely information that was begun under the
NEWW On-Line project. Greater access will enable women to join, and
even lead, the information revolution that will help break down decades of
cultural isolation and give voice and influence to the NGO sector, and
especially to women's advocates. This project will specifically support the
legal efforts of the many women who have been trained to use e-mail to
further their advocacy goals.

NEWW's overarching commitment to creating self-sustaining
structures for women's NGOs is evidenced in the anticipated results of the
Legal Resource Service. In one year's time, this project will develop on-
line informational resources that will leverage an NGO's ability to influence
policy decisions and gain prominence in the legal realm. Equally important,
these technological and advocacy initiatives, traditionally male preserves,
will be led by women. Women must be generating the content of the
Internet as well as using it.

1. We have organized resource development into six categories:
a. law school curriculum and public education materials;
b. local, national and regional reports, legislation, conferences,
training workshops, news alerts, activities, lists of related
c. international human rights documents, such as UN. conventions;
d. U.S. articles, case studies and legal success stories;
e. legal research by interns;
f. legal discussions and consultations by teams of experts.

2. Topics for resource development are:
a. LABOR: discrimination, harassment, pay equity, occupational
health and safety;
b. VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: rape, trafficking of women,
domestic violence;
c. FAMILY: marriage, divorce, family support, maternity leave,
special vs. equal treatment, domestic violence;
d. HEALTH: reproductive, sexual, physical and mental,
environmental, occupational;
e. FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY: special versus equal treatment;
racial and ethnic difference; case studies;
f. MEDIA: pornography, portrayal of women in media, censorship;
g. EDUCATIONAL: opportunities, curriculum, sports;
h. SOCIAL INSURANCE: allowances, pensions, work outside the
wage labor force;

The nine topics will be developed, one per month, over the first nine
months of the project. Within each of these nine topics, we will provide
materials pertaining to the six categories aforementioned. For example,
labor law will include relevant international human rights conventions,
gender curriculum, U.S. case studies, and so forth. We anticipate that
some of the topics and subtopics will overlap.

In every month, a MONTHLY DIGEST of current events,
publications, news alerts, and legislation -- will be regularly updated, not
only according to specific monthly topic but also according to the immediate
legal debates ensuing in various republics.

3. We will compile monthly lists of related organizations, for
example, a list of:
a. legal advocates in the FSU and CEE, and of U.S. legal consultants
-- to be appended monthly;
b. women's legal centers and policy research institutions in the FSU;
c. domestic violence and rape crisis counseling centers, shelters,
and services in the FSU;
d. women's information and gender studies centers in the FSU;
e. public interest law centers in the FSU;
f. human rights groups in the FSU;
g. government and private foundations that support women's human
rights issues.

4. We are publishing both a GUIDE TO WOMEN'S RIGHTS
by the close of 1996.

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