Proceedings of the asia regional consultation on ' the interlinkages between ciolence agains women and women's right to adequate housing'.
The Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Mr Miloon Kothari, has long valued the contribution of civil society organizations to his work. Civil society organizations have assisted in providing information on a wide range of issues, which has strengthened the Special Rapporteur's reports and findings. Engaging with a wide range of civil society groups has enabled him to access both specific cases of housing rights violations and identify emerging trends and patterns of housing violations. Equally, for civil society organizations, engaging with mechanisms such as Special Rapporteurs has been a useful means of directly raising issues within the United Nations system. When the issues are reflected in the Special Rapporteur's reports and the UNCHR forum, they become a critical tool and space for advocacy and lobbying at both the national and international levels. In 2005 the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing (SRAH) will submit his second report on women and adequate housing to the UNCHR. This report will make an important contribution towards advancing women's human rights. APWLD, IWRAW-Asia Pacific, COHRE and Habitat International Coalition, believe this report can be utilized most effectively by having women's groups from Asia Pacific contribute to it. To this end, and in preparation for his 2005 report on women and housing the SRAH, Mr Miloon Kothari, had an Asia regional consultation with civil society groups on 28-31 October 2003. The consultations were held with civil society groups and affected women in Asia on the theme, "Interlink ages between Violence Against Women and Women's Right to Adequate Housing
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