Friday, December 19, 2014

Violence Against Women and Conflict : Building a Culture of Peace: Recommendation 2

i.          Violence Against Women
a)      Prevent and eliminate,  through  effective implementation, all forms of violence against women of all ages, Indigenous women, women with disabilities, widows, single mothers, women in conflict and post-conflict settings, LGBTI women, and rural women.
b)      Eradicate harmful practices including discrimination against widows, FGM, sexualisation, and child, early and forced marriage.
c)      Grant migrant women and undocumented women who are victims of forced prostitution and trafficking with residence permits, and develop prevention policies in countries of origin. 
d)      Sign, ratify and effectively implement the Istanbul Convention on Violence Against Women.
e)      Ensure national laws criminalize non-State torture perpetrated by non-State actors and hold perpetrators accountable for gender-based non-State torture crimes.
f)       Transform gender stereotypes that normalize and trivialise violence against women and girls.
g)      Redefine masculinities and increase participation and accountability of men and boys in violence prevention and gender equality.
h)      End criminalisation of victims and impunity of perpetrators through effective gender justice systems, and acting in solidarity with women and girls experiencing conflict, forced prostitution, occupation, violations of sexual and reproductive rights, and situations of crisis including in Ukraine and Palestine.
i)        Partner with faith based communities and cultural leaders to prevent violence against women and girls.
j)        Establish non-discriminatory reporting systems and support victims during legal processes including through gender sensitivity training of police and legal professionals.
k)      Provide One-Stop Centres with medical/legal/social supports for victims, and fully resource short term shelters and permanent affordable housing for women and children as well as vocational training for survivors.
l)        Address new and emerging forms of violence against women and girls, including violence as a consequence of new technologies, and ensure cyber safety for girls.

ii.        Women and Conflict
a)      Reduce military expenditure by a minimum of 2% per annum and robustly resource development to ensure progressive realisation of social and economic rights from a gender perspective.
b)      Ensure conflict prevention by transforming the gendered power structures that facilitate and encourage violence, conflict and occupation.
c)      Resource implementation of Resolution 1325 through applying affirmative action/quota systems for decision-making in conflict prevention, peace negotiations, peace-making and peace building.
d)      Ensure the equal participation of women in peace processes by providing financial support to organise during and post-conflict and under occupation, and engage in meaningful consultations.
e)      Prioritise support for women in situations of displacement to end their invisibility; address issues such as sexual violence, murders under the discourse of honour, civil status and statelessness, and trafficking and sexual exploitation.
f)       Grant asylum to women and children on the basis of sexual and gender-based violence and conflict.

Recommendation 2 from the NGO Forum review of the Beijing Platform for Action

The Geneva NGO Forum appreciates the extensive volunteer support and contributions of women’s and feminist organizations and individuals, as well as all the partners that supported the Beijing+20 NGO Review especially the Governments of Switzerland, the State of Geneva, the City of Geneva, Canada, the Netherlands, and the USA, among others. We deeply extend our gratitude to the UN Economic Commission for Europe, the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) and UN Women for their collaboration. The forum was convened by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (CSW), Geneva. Further information is available on

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