One of the goals of CSW 56 is to set the theme for next year’s Commission. The Preparatory Panel for 2013 met on Wed, Feb 29, to do just that. Next year’s topic will be the Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence Against Women.
The Preparatory Panel Speakers are listed below with their topics next to their names.
- Ms. Nduku Kilonzo, Liverpool VCT (Kenya): Provision of support services to women and girls victims/survivors of violence
- Ms. Marai Larasi, End Violence against Women Coalition (UK): Primary prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls
- Ms. Margarita Quintanilla, PATH-InterCambios (Nicaragua): Emerging practices in providing support services and primary prevention of violence against women and girls.
Nduku Kilonzo focused on sexual vs. other forms of gender-based violence and the resultant consequences for Kenyan women, their communities, and their country. Marai Larasi from the UK explained that work still needed to be done to counteract the widely held “normalized” view of violence against women as a fact of life and byproduct of human existence. Margarita Quintanilla of Nicaragua underscored a comprehensive approach stressing that no real progress could be made without involving men and boys in the process.
Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, concluded by saying “…there remains a long road ahead of us.” Although we can feel optimistic about the support seen from the highest levels within the UN, various governments, and in the private sector, there are still more than 3 million women per year who suffer from violence, oppression and exploitation without resources and options to access justice.
The lesson learned is that gender-based violence is not just about crimes against women based on their sexuality, but rather they are crimes perpetrated against humanity. CSW 57 will focus on the prevention as well as elimination of all forms of violence against women. Click here for more info about ongoing events
at the UN. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/56sess.htm