Strategic objective D.1.
Take integrated measures to prevent and eliminate violence against women
Actions to be taken
126. By Governments, employers, trade unions, community and youth organizations and non-governmental organizations, as appropriate:
c. Develop counselling, healing and support programmes for girls, adolescents and young women who have been or are involved in abusive relationships, particularly those who live in homes or institutions where abuse occurs;
d. Take special measures to eliminate violence against women, particularly those in vulnerable situations, such as young women, refugee, displaced and internally displaced women, women with disabilities and women migrant workers, including enforcing any existing legislation and developing, as appropriate, new legislation for women migrant workers in both sending and receiving countries.
Beijing Declaration (1995)
The proper levels of administration and advocacy work, in many or even each of these cases, comes from the preliminary statements prior to the stipulations, in which, as an example, in this case, the governments, employers, trade unions, and others, are emphasized as the scales of the advocacy.
In terms of the stipulation specifications here, the counseling, healing and support programs for girls, adolescent girls, and young women are important for the after-the-violence that women experience. There may be some preparatory educational materials to be aware of the prevalence and various safety measures, and then, also, providing some knowledge about the resources available to them.
But this is so on the surface, so marginal in many ways, where this does not deal with the root evil; the root evil of men’s violence against women. It is not that all men are bad; that men are simply to be shot down and demonized, or dismissed as abusers in training. This would be to completely misunderstand much of the purpose of The Good Men Project and of this casual commentary on human rights documents relevant to the human rights of women.
Proper articulation of our values comes in the form of realizing the statistics standing before us. Then it is working within the context of the obvious consequences to the lives of women in these contexts.
It is the abuse that follows from a variety of correlates coming together in common instances, of which women will experience, as a significant minority of their lives, at least once in their life. Of course, this leads to further questions about how many will re-occur, will have second, third, fourth, and so on, instances of violence against them.
But it is also realizing the ways in which the, even in the environment of violence against women, remedial changes can be done to clean up some of the damaged caused by abusive men. It is about encouraging healthy masculinity or virtuous men, in which there are systematic encouragement and gradual elimination of violence against women in this domain.
Then for the violence against women that impacts some women, the proactive response will be to provide some relevant help, mentioned above, for repairing the psyches and the bodies following from the abuse. It is not complicated. But it is about being compassionately responsive.
Some populations of women, of course, will be more vulnerable to levels of violence and kinds of violence. It is the same with the region. We are the same species. So, the same brains, thus minds, and then the social systems and power dynamics become important factors in describing the variations in the levels of violence against women by region, by culture, and by subgroup of women: “young women, refugee, displaced and internally displaced women, women with disabilities and women migrant workers.”
The recommendation is the enforcement of extant legislation or the creation of new legislation in order to deal with the various forms of violence against women that simply come the way of women more than men.
This leads to some of the similar and obvious conclusions from before, about the need for an assertive and active compassionate response to the violence against women around the world and then working together, men and women, for the reduction and eventual elimination of violence against women.
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the Preamble, Article 16, and Article 25(2).
- Convention Against Discrimination in Education (1960) in Article 1.
- The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966) in Article 3, Article 7, and Article 13.
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966).
- Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979).
- Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984).
- The Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and the optional protocol (1993).
- Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), Five-year review of progress (2000), 10-year review in 2005, the 15-year review in 2010, and the 20-year review in 2015.
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), and the UN Security Council additional resolutions on women, peace and security: 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), 2122 (2013), and 2242 (2015).
- Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (2000).
- The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa or the “Maputo Protocol” (2003).
- Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence or the Istanbul Convention (2011) Article 38 and Article 39.
- UN Women’s strategic plan, 2018–2021
- 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- 2015 agenda with 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (169 targets for the end to poverty, combatting inequalities, and so on, by 2030). The SDGs were preceded by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from 2000 to 2015.
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