UN & CSW New York 2011
April 05, 2011 at 1:48 PM
This year Linda and I attended the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, at the UN in New York City, from 22 February to the 4th March. If you are wondering how many people, mostly women, attend from all over the world, well, on one day in the second week there were 1540 people from 350 non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This year the two main themes focussed on the education of girls in sciences and technology and evaluating the progress that has occurred since the 2007 agreed conclusions on the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child. Agreed conclusions is the name given to the final report that comes out of the two weeks of hectic negotiations. Below is the document and in it "torture" is listed as a form of violence that occurs. Torture came to be included because of our and other women who were supportive and persistant to keep negotiating that torture be included. Then this CSW NGO document is debated by the government representatives and when they can all agree to the wording the result is the CSW agreed conclusions as the outcome of the session.
Many educational sessions go on all day. One session Linda and I attended was the elimination ao all forms of violence against women. In this session we were asked what we do professionally. When we said that we have been working for 18 years to have all forms of NST recognized as a specific human rights violations and this information was send to the staff of the newly formed UN Women.
Photo at the UN showing govermental delegates negotiating agreed conclusions, March 4, 2011
As a writer my focus is on sharing the supportive and research work that began for Linda and I in August of 1993 when a woman ‘introduced’ us to the reality of the torture victimization she suffered, that was inflicted by private individuals or ‘non-state actors’. Linda and I hold a relational feminist and human rights perspective so my writings reflect this position, as does the editing that Linda and I do. Being entrusted with person’s victimization knowledge and healing work our goal also includes sharing their voices in our articles. Without this participatory partnership we could not break the global patriarchal socio-cultural resistance that has silenced the existence of the many forms of non-state torture (NST) victimization that can be/are inflicted from birth. Writings share our wisdom and focuses on gaining the human rights of victimized persons not to be subjected to torture, and to assert the necessity that NST must be specifically and distinctly criminalized in all nations on this planet.