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:
- Develop programmes and procedures to eliminate sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women in all educational institutions, workplaces and elsewhere;
- Develop programmes and procedures to educate and raise awareness of acts of violence against women that constitute a crime and a violation of the human rights of women;
Beijing Declaration (1995)
The Beijing Declaration here deals with governments, employers, and so on. Those entities representative of, often, the more working-class folk. Those citizens at the, typically, bottom of the income distribution and prestige in society scales. Formal procedures and programs meant for dealing with sexual harassment may not be foolproof in, and of, themselves.
However, there may be the co-creation of a culture over time of no tolerance for these behaviors, if these are combatted from a variety of other fronts. In general, the development of standardized policies can set in place a system in which women can feel safer within the workplace as a global stipulation.
This comes in “all educational institutions, workplaces and elsewhere.” Within this context, we can see the general means by which there can be the development of a more just and fair world, at least through the workplace and in educational institutions.
Then, of course, in the second stipulation – although, I think the ordering ought to have been reversed for clarity, we can see the statements to educating and raising the awareness about violence against women as a crime and, in fact, as a violation against the fundamental human rights of women – full stop.
All of these measures are to the good.
- 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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