|Passport to Equality (UNESCO, 1999, 40 p.)|
Although the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was adopted by the United Nations in 1979, it is still little known; few women know that they can hove recourse to it to uphold their rights. As a general reminder that this Convention exists, and in order to extend its application to all human beings, UNESCO created this Passport to Equality to help promote it.
This Passport is for everyone, men and women alike. But as it is first and foremost an educational tool, it is designed in particular for local opinion leaders, parliamentarians, lawyers, teachers, community leaders, etc. These intermediaries will use it as a practical information tool in their drive to change both laws and habits. For only the amendment of national laws in the signatory States and effective implementation of the Convention will permit the total elimination of discrimination against women and girls.
This Passport now exists in ten languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and Urdu. As many men and women as possible must know about the Convention so as to make a great stride forward in asserting themselves and their freedom.
In view of its mission, UNESCO is particularly concerned about the implementation of Article 10 of the Convention, relating to education. It is by providing men and women with the same conditions of access to education and by eliminating all stereotyped ideas about the roles of men and women in society that we can move towards greater equality. Education is a basic human right, and each human being deserves to become master of his/her destiny. Only education actually enables a person to be fully involved in his/her community, to understand it, and to contribute to its development. May this Passport to Equality help you all in your quest for justice, responsibility and solidarity.