Manuals and Resource Guides

Manuals and Resource Guides

Here are some resources to help increase your knowledge of the OP-ICESCR!

NEW! Manual for Claiming the ESC rights at the UN in Portuguese

Claiming ESCR at the United Nations Manual for Claiming the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the United Nations

This guide provides detailed information on how effectively use the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, including examples of comparative legal arguments, strategies and jurisprudence from other international enforcement mechanisms. 


 Claiming Women's Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Using OP-CEDAW and OP-ICESCR

Women’s lives are impacted by a myriad of issues such as the frequent lack of basic services; inequality; lack of accountability of States, corporations and other global actors; discriminatory cultural stereotypes, beliefs and the impact of harmful practices; religious fundamentalisms and development agendas which exclude consideration of the rights and experiences of women and differences between women. Within this context, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) are the two key human rights instruments which provide a forum for demanding realization of women’s human rights.

The manual above, created in conjunction with IWRAW-Asia Pacific, provides a practical guide to using both CEDAW and ICESCR as well as their complaints mechanisms to demand recognition and implementation of women's ESC rights. 


 Geneva Academy- In brief No2

Geneva Academy Guide on the OP-ICESCR.


Relevant articles in the Interights Bulletin include "Africa and the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights" (page 52).

Includes: What is the OP-ICESCR, What Procedures Does the OP-ICESCR include?, About the NGO Coalition and Our Campaign, and Some Ways to Get Involved.


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