Representations of Gender in Advertising. Original by Sarah Zelinski, Kayla Hatzel, and Dylan Lambi-Raine for their women and gender studies class.
Imkaan contributions to the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women now available on our website
Over the past two weeks, Marai Larasi (Executive Director at Imkaan) has contributed to five sessions at the Commission on the Status of Women; for the UN, the Home Office, the Canadian Government, and two NGO forums. Marai also lobbied on behalf of UK VAWG services at other sessions during this time.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the United Nation’s principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.
You can view some of Marai’s contributions to this year’s CSW on our Resources page, under ‘External Contributions and Mentions’.
The CSW has now agreed conclusions on the elimination and prevention of all forms of VAWG. Amongst the agreed conclusions, Imkaan particularly welcomes those that promote equal access to education, encourage appropriate responses to VAWG by statutory services, recognise the specific needs of women in conflict and post-conflict situations, migrants, and women with HIV, and the important role of the media and ICT in eliminating VAWG.
While there is much work to be done, the CSW conclusions present a critical opportunity for states to implement, strengthen and monitor the work to eliminate and prevent all forms of violence against women and girls. We will continue to lobby UK government to encourage targeted efforts to ensure that the conclusions are adopted to strengthen existing work on VAWG in the UK.
The Commission on the Status of Women agrees conclusions on the elimination and prevention of all forms of VAWG
The 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women has taken place in New York over the last two weeks.
Amongst the agreed conclusions, Imkaan particularly welcomes conclusions that promote equal access to education, encourage appropriate responses to VAWG by statutory services, recognise the specific needs of women in conflict and post-conflict situations, migrants, and women with HIV, and the important role of the media and ICT in eliminating VAWG:
- The acknowledgement of the important role of prevention and elimination of discrimination.
- The right to education as a human right, and the elimination of illiteracy, ensuring equal access to education, in particular in remote and rural areas and closing the gender gap at all levels of education, empowers women and girls and thereby contributes to eliminating all forms of discrimination and VAWG.
- The commission urges states to strongly condemn all forms of VAWG and to refrain from invoking custom, tradition or religion to avoid their obligations as set out in the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.
- Ensure women and girls access to justice and effective legal assistance and processes.
- Develop and implement multisectoral national policies, strategies and programmes with the effective participation of women and girls which include measures for prevention, protection, support services, data collection, research, monitoring and evaluation and national benchmarks for results to be achieved.
- Adopt and fund policy reforms and programmes, and support education to train and strengthen the capacity of the judiciary, police, military, those working in education, health, social welfare, justice, defence and immigration; hold public officials accountable for not complying with laws and regulations related to VAWG.
- Recognise the important role of the media in the elimination of gender stereotypes and in promoting non-discriminatory and gender-sensitive reporting, and in improving public awareness on VAWG, to train those who work in the media and to develop and strengthen self-regulatory mechanisms to promote balanced and non-stereotypical portrayals of women as creative human beings, key actors and contributors to and beneficiaries of the process of development.
- Support the development and use of ICT and social media as a resource for the empowerment of women and girls including access to information on prevention and responses to VAWG and mechanisms to combat the use of ICT and social media to perpetrate sexual harassment, exploitation, child pornography, trafficking, cyber stalking and bullying.
- Adopt and implement measures to ensure the social and legal inclusion and protection of women migrants, including women migrant workers.
- Eliminate discrimination and violence against women and girls living with HIV.
- Ensure that in armed conflict and post-conflict situations, sexual and gender based violence are prioritised and addressed through investigation, prosecution and punishment of perpetrators to end impunity and remove barriers to women’s access to justice. This includes establishing mechanisms of complaint and reporting, access to health care, including sexual and reproductive health services.
The CSW conclusions provide a critical opportunity for states to implement, strengthen and monitor the work to eliminate and prevent all forms of violence against women and girls. The UK Government has been participating in these discussions and we hope to see targeted efforts from government to ensure that the conclusions are adopted to strengthen existing work on VAWG in the UK.
Against Gender Violence! For Freedom Without Fear!
PROTEST OUTSIDE THE INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION
The Aldwych, London WC2B 4NA (nearest Tube Holborn)
Saturday, 26 January 2013
11.00am to 1.00pm
Please bring banners, placards, musical instruments, whistles etc!
“Don’t teach me what to wear – teach your sons not to rape”
An open meeting in solidarity with India’s anti-rape protests and to confront gender violence in Britain
Wednesday 23 January, 6pm
New Theatre, East Building, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
The brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman student on a bus in Delhi on 16 December has led to protests on an unprecedented scale.
- What are the implications of the protest movement in India and how can we support it?
- What are the changes being demanded at a legal, political and social level?
- How do we resist the colonial and racist responses to these events in Britain?
- What do the Delhi protests mean for struggles against gender violence in Britain and globally?
The meeting will discuss these and other related issues, including solidarity actions on India’s Republic Day, 26th January. Kavita Krishnan of the All-India Progressive Women’s Association, one of the activists centrally involved in the protests, will be speaking to the meeting from India. Kavita’s speech outside the Delhi Chief Ministers’ residence is available to view here.
Everyone is welcome.
Organised by Imkaan and South Asia Solidarity Group, with:
End Violence Against Women (EVAW) National Coalition
Newham Asian Women’s Project, London
Ashiana Network, London
Apna Haq, Rotherham
Asha Projects, London
Daughters of Eve, National
Pan African Development Education and Advocacy Programme, London
Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust, London
Tamil Community Centre, London
Asian Women’s Resource Centre, London
Black Association of Women Step Out, Wales
London Irish Women’s Network
Anah Project, Bradford
Kiran Project, London
Latin American Women’s Aid, London
Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre, Ipswich
Henna Foundation, Wales
Southall Black Sisters, London
Rights of Women, London
and Supported by the LSE Gender Institute