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6 March 2015 – In anticipation of the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York (1), the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) exhorts governments across the Euromed to seize this opportunity to renew their commitment to zero impunity for violence against women, with a particular focus on women’s rights defenders. The CSW session starts on March 9th and marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (the key global policy document on gender equality).
The EMHRN is extremely concerned by the increase in reports on violence against women, including women’s rights defenders in the south and east Mediterranean region.
(1) Created in 1946, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. She takes a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities