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Historic UN Code Adopted to Combat Violence Against Women


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JL
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Iran, Libya, Sudan and other Muslim nations ended threats to block the declaration and agreed to language stating that violence against women could not be justified by "any custom, tradition or religious consideration."



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JL A. (272)
Monday March 18, 2013, 12:23 pm
Historic UN code adopted to combat violence against women

By Tim Witcher (AFP) 2 days ago

UNITED NATIONS Muslim and Western nations overcame deep divisions to agree on a landmark United Nations code to combat violence against women and girls.

Iran, Libya, Sudan and other Muslim nations ended threats to block the declaration and agreed to language stating that violence against women could not be justified by "any custom, tradition or religious consideration."

Western nations, particularly from Scandinavia, toned down demands for references to gay rights and sexual health rights to secure the accord after two weeks of tense negotiations between the 193 UN member states.

Some 6,000 non-government groups were in New York for the Commission on the Status of Women meeting. Cheers and wild applause erupted when the accord was announced in the UN headquarters late Friday.

Michelle Bachelet, executive director of UN Women, said it had been an "historic" meeting. It was announced straight after that Bachelet would be leaving her post to return to Chile.

"People worldwide expected action, and we didn't fail them. Yes -- we did it," Bachelet said.

UN leader Ban Ki-Moon said UN members had committed "to take action to prevent violence and provide justice and services to survivors" of violence against women, which he called a "global menace" and "moral outrage."

Iran, the Vatican and Russia and other Muslim states had formed what some diplomats had called "an unholy alliance" to weaken a statement calling for tough global standards on violence against women and girls.

They had objected to references to abortion rights and language suggesting that rape includes forcible behavior by a woman's husband or partner.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood had called the proposed UN document un-Islamic and warned it would lead to the "complete degradation of society."

But the chief Egyptian official at the meeting, Mervat Tallawy, head of the country's National Women's Council, backed the accord. She said the declaration was needed to counter "a global wave of conservatism, of repression against women."

With Norway and Denmark leading a European alliance with North America calling for tough language, right up to the final hours it had appeared that the meeting could end without an accord.

The last attempt by the UN commission to agree a declaration on violence against women in 2003 ended in failure.

"The commission urges states to strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and girls and to refrain from invoking any custom, tradition or religious consideration to avoid their obligations with respect to its elimination," said the declaration.

It added that states should "devote particular attention to abolishing practices and legislation that discriminate against women and girls, or perpetuate and condone violence against them."

Countries should "address and eliminate as a matter of priority domestic violence," went on the declaration.

The conference had been made more emotive by the Taliban attack in October on 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai for her promotion of girls' education in Pakistan and widely publicized gang rapes in India and South Africa.

The United States welcomed the accord. It was an important first step to ensure that women and girls "live productive and safe lives, free from the scourge of violence and abuse," senior US envoy Terri Robl told the meeting.

But she added that "some important aspects" were omitted from the document and the United States believes the declaration should have clearly stated that it applied to lesbian women. "We regret that some delegations prevented this recognition explicitly," Robl said.

Germany's UN ambassador Peter Wittig said the document was "balanced and strong." Wittig tweeted that the declaration "sends a much needed message to the women around the world: your rights are crucial."
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday March 18, 2013, 12:28 pm

This is great news, but just how do they supervise and implement this now that it has, with some vociferous opposition, passed? The UN delegates do not have that much to say within their own countries.
 

Nancy C. (797)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:14 pm
No surprise that the Vatican, Muslim Brotherhood, Iran and Russia had problems with some of the wording. TY J.L.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:31 pm
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Rose NoFWDSPLZ (274)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:47 pm
Good news
 

Angelika R. (146)
Monday March 18, 2013, 4:15 pm
Good news but not too good either-thx. I disagree with our embassador, it is NOT balaned and strong(enough)!
 

JL A. (272)
Monday March 18, 2013, 4:37 pm
You are welcome Angelika.
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Terry V. (30)
Monday March 18, 2013, 5:57 pm
Noted Thanks Hope it helps................
 

JL A. (272)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:10 pm
You are welcome Terry. You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 18, 2013, 9:43 pm
Good to hear cheers JLA
 

D D. (107)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:05 pm
An inappropriate comment has been posted. I flagged it as spam.
 

D D. (107)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:05 pm
Its a good start......will have to wait and see what happens.
 

John B. (215)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:15 pm
Thanks J.L. for posting the Good News! This is indeed a step in the right direction even if it did leave "some important aspects" out of the document. Read and noted.
 

John B. (215)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:16 pm
SPAM flagged!!
 

JL A. (272)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:26 pm
Thanks for flagging the spam DD and John! You are welcome John.You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last day.
 

Lynn Squance (226)
Monday March 18, 2013, 11:56 pm
But the chief Egyptian official at the meeting, Mervat Tallawy, head of the country's National Women's Council, backed the accord. She said the declaration was needed to counter "a global wave of conservatism, of repression against women."``

AMEN!!!! But now to monitor the results and ensure that there are teeth to protect women and girls.
 

Lynn D. (0)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 12:23 am
This is GREAT news as long as they follow through............THANKS!!!
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (378)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 1:17 am
Good news! Like the comments above, hope they are "good for their words!"
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 1:46 am
Holy cow, even that much is really something!

OK, now how to get the Republicans - the party of rape, wife-beating and sexual control over women - to sign onto even this watered-down version?
 

Sherri G. (111)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 2:31 am
Thanks J.L. for keeping us up to date. I agree completely with Kit B. remarks. Getting the UN to follow through on anything is the real test. Please keep us up to date friend.
 

bilja k. (48)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 2:34 am
Big step for better future
 

Tanya W. (42)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 3:38 am
Progress in the right direction...
 

Carol D. (104)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 5:35 am
Yes hope this is really followed through
 

John S. (297)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 5:35 am
At leats it's a step in the right direction, and while I hope it has a big impact, I don't think it will.
 

Jaime A. (32)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 7:30 am
Noted, now following thru is the tricky part.!!
 

Suheyla C. (229)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 8:26 am
Thank you so much
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 8:49 am
You are welcome Lynn, Sherri and Suheyla.
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Beth S. (319)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 10:59 am
A pleasant surprise, but about as likely as alcoholics giving up their moonshine.
 

Gene Jacobson (244)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 12:42 pm
"Muslim and Western nations overcame deep divisions to agree on a landmark United Nations code to combat violence against women and girls.
Iran, Libya, Sudan and other Muslim nations ended threats to block the declaration and agreed to language stating that violence against women could not be justified by "any custom, tradition or religious consideration."

What is astonishing is that there could BE any disagreement on this political OR religious. Politically we consider ourselves evolved, no torture, barbarism, we even have rules of war - not that we pay much attention to any of that, religiously, spiritually, the greatest evil one can do to another is harm them, and the smaller, weaker or more vulnerable the the other, the greater the crime. Now - LIVE UP TO THOSE lofty words, you men of action, you leaders of the world and enforce them in your nations and your religions. Forever.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 5:22 pm
Thank you for your astute observations Gene! You cannot currently send a star to Gene because you have done so within the last day.
 
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