The United Nations has a massive and complex website with a wealth of information and links to other resources. It takes some time to become familiar with it, but is well worth the effort.
Offers basic information about countries. It is useful for a statistical profile of the country.
United Nations Development Fund for Women
Official website of the United Nations Development Fund for Women.Serves as a vast resources for key issues facing women throughout the world, including HIV/AIDS, violence against women, and more.
United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women
Information about previous World Conferences on Women, including complete reports on the conferences held in Mexico City (1975), Copenhagen (1980), Nairobi (1985), and Beijing (1995).
United Nations High Commission for Refugees
Official website of the UN Refugee Agency. Includes news, publications, and extensive statistics.
Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children
Website of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, a subsidiary of the International Rescue Committee. Their site includes relevant news and agency reports with an emphasis on refugee and IDP women and children.
This is the web home of human rights agency Amnesty International. Site includes information on current Amnesty campaigns, as well as information on specific countries and topics in their extensive online library.
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)
UNICEF's site offers a huge compendium of information broken up by both country and focus. The site also includes a section called "Voices of Youth," featuring interactive games and discussions tailored for a young adult audience.
The State of the World’s Children 2007
Center for Reproductive Rights
Covers countries throughout the world individually with up to date news on women reproductive rights
World Health Organization
This is an extremely useful site that includes information on a wide variety of health issues including childbirth and pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and many, many others.
Global Youth Service
Students get involved in the issue they care about most with millions of other young people from around the world on Global Youth Service Day, which occurs every year in late
The Sustainability Institute
Focuses on understanding the root causes of unsustainable behavior in complex systems and, through projects and training, helps people shift their mindsets and restructure systems in ways that move us toward a sustainable society.
Website provides systems thinking resources to help individuals, teams, and organizations understand and address the challenges and complexities of a changing world.
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United Nations Association of the United States of America
This site includes an extensive section on Model UN conferences, including a Q&A, glossary, and preparation guide.
British Broadcasting Company
Prominent British news source that covers political, cultural, and social developments of all kinds in Europe as well as other countries. Search for “women” and “women’s rights” on the site.
World Social Forum 2007
This website of the World Social Forum Nairobi 2007 offers links to past World Social Forums, as well as Asian, Indian, and European Social Forums. Information about the growing global opposition to neo-liberal development policies and practices.
United Nations Women Watch
Women Watch is the website of the UN's Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality. Of particular note is the site's breakdown of women's issues by topic including gender mainstreaming, poverty, and armed conflict, among others.
Human Rights Watch - Women's Rights
Human Rights Watch's "Women's Rights" pages offer helpful information broken down both by country and by topic, as well as offering regional overviews and some multimedia content.
Bora Laskin Law Library: Women’s Human Rights Resources Program
The Women's Human Rights Resources Programme (WHRR) collects, organizes and disseminates information on women's human rights law to facilitate research, teaching and cooperation. The information introduces women's human rights law in general, emphasizes selected international and Canadian topics, and explores the interconnections between domestic and international human rights law.
Women’s Rights Networking Organizations List
Excellent list of organizations with links to websites.
Feminist Majority Foundation
A great site with plenty of resources regarding women’s equality. Focus points are women’s health and legal matters and what social action is being done in a variety of countries.
Women’s Networking Support Program
This is an interesting site regarding women and the latest news from various regions of the world.
Media Resource Center at UC-Berkeley
This is a great guide to finding resources on women’s issues. This is an electronic library that has some great finds.
International Women’s Tribune Center
A great site to read about different women’s conferences around the world, social projects that are being done, and retrieve more resource lists. This covers a good chunk of many different regions.
Global Fund for Women
Great resource for information regarding women’s/human rights. This will give you a list of more sources that are categorized by region.
Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers Action alerts, links to other helpful organizations, advocacy, and more.
The Megaproblems of the 21st Century
We are at an extraordinary crossroads of human history. Our actions, or failure to act, during the next 20 years will determine the fate of the Earth and human civilization for centuries to come. This is a make-or-break century.
Research Links by Topic
U.S. State Department 2008 Report on Trafficking in Persons
A country-by-country evaluation of trafficking.
Indigenous Women’s Network
International coalition of Indigenous women from rural and urban communities who approach the resolution of contemporary challenges from a traditional Indigenous values base. IWN serves as a major driving force behind Indigenous communities, mobilizing change around issues affecting ourselves and our families, Mother earth and the environment, cultural/spiritual beliefs and traditions, health services and tribal governance.
Provides useful basic information about Islam.
Women and the Environment
The Fund for Global Human Rights’ Environmental Justice Grantees (2007-2008)
“The Fund supports forty-one dynamic environmental justice groups in nine countries. Environmental justice is the critical intersection of environmental sustainability, control over natural resources, and human rights.”
The Green Belt Movement International
“The mission of the Green Belt Movement International is to empower individuals worldwide to protect the environment and to promote good governance and cultures of peace.”
Women’s Environment and Development Organization
“WEDO has built on that experience by mobilizing women’s participation to advance women’s perspectives at the UN and other forums. Throughout the 1990s WEDO played a key leadership role to ensure that gender was included in the outcomes of major UN conferences.”
Women’s Environmental Institute
“The Women’s Environmental Institute at Amador Hill, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an environmental research, renewal and retreat center designed to create and share knowledge about environmental issues and policies relevant to women, children and identified communities especially affected by environmental injustices; to promote agricultural justice, organic and sustainable agriculture and ecological awareness; and to support activism that influences public policy and promotes social change.”
Research Links by Region
Provides information on countries currently in the European Union, including news about justice and citizenship, culture, education, and health. It also offers a brief of sessions showing what activities are taking place in the EU
American Friends Services Committee
Quaker Organization that does a lot of human rights work in the developing world.
One World: Africa
This site allows you to search for recent news articles on Africa and gender.
BBC News Page on Africa
PBS: Frontline/World Stories by Region
Women in Africa
This page is adapted from a course taught at the University of Wisconsin; it offers great suggestions on doing research and Internet searches on women’s issues in Africa. All Africa.com:
Women and Gender Issues in Africa
All Africa aggregates and indexes content from over 125 African news organizations, plus more than 200 other sources, who are responsible for their own reporting and views.
An online journal of Culture and African Women Studies
Afrol News: Gender and Women
Afrol News is an independent news agency, established in 2000. It exclusively covers the African continent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Sexuality University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center: Women’s Issues
A page with several links to valuable websites about women’s rights in Africa.
OSAA: Office of the Special Advisor on Africa
Stanford University: African Women on the Internet
A resource page with links to several sites, journals, and news articles on gender and women’s issues in Africa.
African Gender Institute
The AGI also has a project web site - the Strengthening Gender and Women's Studies for Africa's Transformation
GWS Africa Project
The GWS project also launched a new electronic, African-based feminist journal,
CENTRAL and SOUTH ASIA
South Asia: Women’s Studies
General Profile of India (Facts, Government, Politics)
Official Census of India
Women’s Rights In India: An Online Bibliography
Recorded talk on the status of Women’s Rights This India Together radio program features a talk by well known women's rights lawyer Flavia Agnes. She speaks on the current critical juncture for women and the women's movement.
Women and International Development Program at MSU
Although this is a university website, it is useful in that it offers many resources about Latin America and other countries. They focus on global transformations and gender relations.
An overview of the history of many different Spanish speaking and African countries. They deal with issues of free trade, human rights advocacy, militarization, etc.
Maquila Solidarity Network
A labor and women’s rights advocacy organization promoting solidarity with grassroots groups in Mexico, Central America, and Asia.
Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean
This is a faith-based, grassroots organization that is working with poor areas of Central America and the Caribbean. This may be useful to finding out what religious backing surrounds women’s rights in that area.
Illinois Department of Health
The Illinois Department of Public Health was created in 1877 to regulate medical practitioners and to promote sanitation. Today, IDPH is responsible for protecting the state's 12.4 million residents, as well as countless visitors, through the prevention and control of disease and injury. The Department's nearly 200 programs touch virtually every age, aspect and cycle of life.