Women's Human Rights ResourcesFrom the Fall 2004 issue of Nexus.

Eager to line up their extracurricular activities as the school year began, more than 20 first year JD students signed up in September to participate in the Women's Human Rights Resources (WHRR) working group. The WHRR Working Group is one of several student working groups supported by the Faculty's International Human Rights Program. WHRR seeks to make international women's human rights law available and accessible to women's rights advocates, researchers, decision-makers and scholars around the world.

Working group members - students from first year to graduate level - contribute to WHRR's online information centre for women's rights law. Organized into 26 women's rights topic areas, the WHRR database provides annotated references to scholarly publications, essential documents, and useful websites. The site averages 44,000 hits per month, with increasingly diverse and international users from more than 90 countries represented on a list of return users. As working group members, students locate new resources for particular topic areas and write the annotations. While helping to ensure the WHRR database is up-to-date, the students hone their international legal research skills and expand their knowledge about women's rights. Students are currently focusing on updating resources on the female child, feminist theory, health and well-being, indigenous women's rights, nationality and citizenship, race and gender issues, and slavery and trafficking.

WHRR plans to mark next year's 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and 10th anniversary of the WHRR website by launching new projects. Fundraising is now underway for support to develop online teaching resources for women's rights law; create an Internet publication for women's rights research by new scholars and scholars from developing countries; establish partnerships to host an online case law database; and support women's rights information centres and law libraries in developing countries. For more information about the WHRR program, visit the website at www.law-lib.utoronto.ca/diana/. To inquire about supporting WHRR's fundraising efforts, please contact whrr.admin@utoronto.ca.