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PHL Praised by International Community for Playing Major Role in Historic Global Agreement on Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls

 The United Nations’ Commission on Status of Women (CSW) successfully concluded its 57th session with the priority theme of “Violence against Women and Girls."

The annual event, which was held from March 04 to 15 at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, had a record high attendance of 133 States delivering statements. More than 6,000 civil society organizations pre-registered for the two-week duration of the conference which had more than 120 side events by member states, 300 civil society events and unprecedented global media attention.            

The 57th CSW session concluded with the adoption of Agreed Conclusions on the elimination of violence against women and girls, which was widely hailed by governments, UN officials and civil society as a historic global agreement, especially given the Jack of Agreed Conclusions in 2003, when the issue was last discussed at the Commission, and the lack of an agreement last year when the priority theme focused on the non-controversial issue of rural women.

The Agreed Conclusions strongly emphasize that violence against women is a human rights violation and underlines that it is the duty of all States, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems, to promote and protect all human rights, which are universal and indivisible.

The UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Wdmen (UN WOMEN), working closely with UN Member States, UN country teams and civil society will be guided by the Agreed Conclusions to protect the right of women and girls to live free of fear and violence. The agreement constitutes a roadmap for prevention and response, with a total of 69 clear and concrete actions that should be taken by Governments and other stakeholders.

The Philippines was widely praised by the international community for playing a major role in facilitating the negotiations for the agreed conclusions.

The Philippine delegation to the 57th CSW session was headed by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita-Quintos Deles and Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations. The delegation also included representatives from the Philippine Commission on Women, Department of Justice, Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Anti-Poverty Commission, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Health and civil society organizations.

The Philippine delegation actively engaged other delegations in constructive discussions during the more than two weeks of intensive negotiations on the draft agreed conclusions which was facilitated by CSW Vice Chairperson Ana Marie Hernando of the Philippine Permanent Mission, representing the Asia Pacific Region.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet welcomed the adoption of the historic agreement and called for its speedy implementation.

dfa.gov.ph  || 2 April 2013

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