Statement by feminist and women organizations on the alarming trends envisaged during the negotiation process of the final CSW57 document.

Tuesday 2 April 2013

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Signatories: Participating organizations in the CSW57.

Editorial and Canal: Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights (Comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer) (CLADEM).

Type of document: Communiqués and statements.

Language: Spanish.

Theme: Women and Gender.

Keywords: Women’s rights, International Law, Human rights, State, Gender, Women, Girls, International agencies, Gender related violence.

Countries and Regions: Latin America, International.

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We, the undersigning organizations and people from all over the world, are concerned for the fact that the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is stumbling on its commitment of promoting human rights for women as it is shown in the constant negotiation of the language used in the final document.

On the occasion of the celebration of the International Women’s Day we are launching an appeal to all State to reaffirm their commitment with standards agreed in the promotion of human rights as foreseen in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Vienna Declaration and its Action Plan, the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Beijing Declaration and the Action Platform of the International Conference on Population and the Development Action Plan, as well as other norms of humanitarian international rights and human rights.

We are saying NO to any reopening of the negotiations on already established international agreements on the human rights of women and an appeal to all governments to show their commitments to promote, protect and fulfill human rights and fundamental freedoms for women.

We are congratulating those States which are defending the rights of women in full. We urge States to reaffirm the standards agreed. Taking into consideration the lack of a final document during the last year, we do hope that this will not be the model to follow at the time of moving forward the agenda on women’s human rights. The human rights of women should not be negotiated outside this framework.

Just as last year, given the progressive development in the international era related to the establishment of norms there should not be any statement on the issues related to the definition and the inter-section aspect of women and girls victims of violence against women, even related to sexual and reproductive health and to the rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. The negative practices perpetuated within the context of culture and negative traditions are very damaging.

We would like to recall States that the CSW is the main normative world agency exclusively devoted to gender equality and the advancement of women with the only purpose of promoting the rights of women in the political, economic, civil, social and education spheres. Its mission is to monitor the full implementation of existing international agreements on issues of human rights of women and gender related equality.

We are demanding all governments and the international community to reject any attempt to invoke traditional or moral values to violate human rights guaranteed by the international law, or to limit is scope. Habits, traditions, religious practices should not be tolerated to justify discrimination and the violence against women and girls that have taken place in the hands of the State of by non state agents.

Given the present global activism around the issue of violence against women, it is a must for member States to take the lead and agreed on a progressive final document that reaffirms its commitment with universal human rights.

This is an important moment; we are already engaged in the planning of the post 2015 process. The final document must promote the human rights of women and not to lower the demands for the human rights of women. Future international negotiations should foster the implementation of policies and programs which guarantee human rights for women and girls.

We are launching an appeal to United Nations Member States and the different UN human rights institutions and development agencies to acknowledge and support the important role of women groups and organizations working in the vanguard to challenge traditional values and practices which no longer can be tolerated since they violate the fundamental norms of human rights, principles and norms.

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