UN Commission on the Status of Women

19 Mar
English: A map of the world showing countries ...

English: A map of the world showing countries by level of women’s physical security, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week in New York  concluded the 57th session on the Commission of the Status of Women,

UN Women welcomes Agreed Conclusions at the Commission on Status of Women | UN Women

Here you could find a detailed information about it Commission on the Status of Women

What surprise me about that “meeting” is that not all the 193 members of the UN could agree on it. Not all the members states were kin of condemning violence against women in all forms

More that 130 sign to it, but what about the rest… How nowadays this kind of behaviour still happening? We are living in the XXI century, aren’t we??

Extract from an article on  The Guardian by  Jill Filipovic

The UN Commission on the Status of Women unmasks equality’s enemies | Jill Filipovic | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk


The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women brought hundreds of international leaders to New York to discuss strategies for ending violence against women. After two weeks of debate, it concluded with a communiqué stating the principles agreed upon at the gathering

Women in every corner of the world have a right to bodily integrity, and religion, custom or tradition are not excuses for governments to skirt their obligations to protect all their citizens… Governments must take reasonable steps to ensure that women are not beaten, raped and abused with impunity.

However The Vatican, Iran and Russia tried to strip out the language that would block governments from using the “it’s our custom/religion/tradition” excuse.

Systematic violence against women maintains the male monopoly on political, economic and social power. When women live in fear of violence – when women live with actual violence – it maintains a system of free female labor within the “traditional” family, and k.eeps half of the population from competing with men for paid work or social capital

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood claimed

“This declaration, if ratified, would lead to the complete disintegration of society.”

Why? Because, according to the Brotherhood, the proposed language granted women basic sexual rights and bodily autonomy; gave wives the right to report marital rape and requires law enforcement “to deal husbands punishments similar to those prescribed for raping or sexually harassing a stranger”; required equal inheritance rights for men and women; replaced “guardianship with partnership, and full sharing of roles within the family between men and women such as: spending, child care and home chores”; recognized the rights of marginalized groups like lesbians, trans women and sex workers; and removed “the need for a husband’s consent in matters like: travel, work, or use of contraception”.

More women between the ages of 15 and 44 are killed by violence every year than by malaria, HIV, cancer, accidents and war combined.

Some 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence remains legal.

Please read the full opinion article at:

The UN Commission on the Status of Women unmasks equality’s enemies | Jill Filipovic | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk





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