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Women and housing

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR), by its resolution 2002/49 on women's equal ownership of, access to and control over land and equal rights to own property and to adequate housing, entrusted the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing with the additional task of preparing a study on women and adequate housing. For this purpose, the Special Rapporteur has developed a questionnaire to solicit information from States, local authorities and civil society for the preparation of the study.

Questionnaire on women and housing: English | Français | Español

With the support from UN-HABITAT, a regional civil society consultation was organized for the Special Rapporteur in Nairobi in October 2002, which helped him to collect the views of grassroots women from East African countries on issues relevant to his mandate. In April 2003, the Commission adopted resolution 2003/22 specifically encouraged the holding of further regional consultations on the issue.

With the support from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations agencies and programmes and non-governmental organizations, regional civil society consultations were organized for the Special Rapporteur from 2002 to 2006. In accordance with the mandate entrusted to him by the Commission on Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur has presented his main findings stemming from thematic research, country missions, regional consultations and replies received on the questionnaire in three reports as follows:

Year

Symbol number

2006
62nd session CHR

E/CN.4/2006/118
English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese

2005
61st session CHR

E/CN.4/2005/43
English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese

2003
59th Session CHR

E/CN.4/2003/55
English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese

The following regional consultations were organized (some with external links):

African Regional Civil Society Consultation on Women and Adequate Housing (Nairobi, Kenya, October 2002) Report

Asia Regional Consultation on the Interlinkages between Violence against Women and Women's Right to Adequate Housing (Delhi, India, October 2003) Report

Latin America and Caribbean Regional Consultation on Women and Adequate Housing (Mexico City, Mexico, December 2003) Report

Middle East and North Africa Regional Consultation on Women's Right to Adequate Housing and Land (Alexandria, Egypt, July 2004) Report

Pacific Regional Consultation on Women's Rights to Adequate Housing and Land (Nadi, Fiji , October 2004) Report

North American Regional Consultation on Women and the Right to Adequate Housing (Washington D.C. , USA, October 2005)

Central-Asia/Eastern Europe Regional Consultation on Women's Right to Adequate Housing - the interlinkages between multiple discrimination and women's right to adequate housing (Budapest, Hungary, November 2005) Report

Mediterranean Regional Consultation on Women's Right to Adequate Housing (Barcelona, Spain , March 2006) Report

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Resolutions of the Commission on Human Rights

Session

Symbol

Title

Documents

61st

E/CN.4/RES/2005/25

Women's equal ownership, access to and control over land and the equal rights to own property and to adequate housing

EnglishFrench | Spanish

60th

E/CN.4/RES/2004/21

Adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living

English | French | Spanish

59th

E/CN.4/RES/2003/22

Women's equal ownership, access to and control over land and the equal rights to own property and to adequate housing

English | French | Spanish

57th

E/CN.4/RES/2001/34

Women's equal ownership of, access to and control over land and the equal rights to own property and to adequate housing

English | French | Spanish

56th

E/CN.4/RES/2000/13

Women's equal ownership of, access to and control over land and the equal rights to own property and to adequate housing

English | French | Spanish

Resolutions of the Sub-Commission on Human Rights

Session

Symbol

Title

Documents

51st

E/CN.4/SUB.2/RES/1999/15

Women and the right to development

English | French | Spanish

50th

E/CN.4/SUB.2/RES/1998/15

Women and the right to land, property and adequate housing

English | French | Spanish

49th

E/CN.4/SUB.2/RES/1997/19

Women and the right to adequate housing and to land and property

English | French | Spanish

Related UN Links

Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Documents

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, General Comment n°16: The equal right of men and women to the enjoyment of all economic, social
and cultural rights (art. 3)
English | French |Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese and Corr. 1 in French only.

Women's equal ownership of, access to and control over land and the equal rights to own property and to adequate housing, Report of the Secretary-General submitted in accordance with Commission resolution 2001/34, E/CN.4/2002/53