UN & CSW New York 2011

By Jeanne Sarson | Apr 5, 2011

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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. 

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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.


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Photo at the UN showing govermental delegates negotiating agreed conclusions, March 4, 2011

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Posted by Ardith Toogood on May 28th, 2011

Thank you for your participation in the CSW events dealing with the Review Theme on the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child.

Posted by Jeanne Sarson on May 28th, 2011

Thank you Ardith, we all work together to make our human existance increasingly respectful and encouraging of human rights equality and freedom from all forms of relational and socio-cultural violence. This blog and images are shared to try to make the United Nations more real and important to the everyday person's life. Because its documents sets standards that Canada and other countries are supposed to strive to achieve including the standards outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which includes the standard that no person shall be subjected to torture. Thanks again for taking time to read and post your comments. Jeanne

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