No compromise on women’s rights! Zero tolerance for violence against women and girls

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Trade unions call on all member states to take all necessary measures to immediately and without further delay prevent and remedy violence against women and girls:

  1. Ensure gender equality is enshrined as a principle in national constitutions.
  2. Put in place effective mechanisms to enforce the law in close cooperation with civil society. Ensure effective legal sanctions that will discourage acts of violence.
  3. Adopt comprehensive Plans of Action against violence against women, and provide sufficient resources for policy to be implemented and to provide adequately funded and accessible public services to help women who are victims of violence(shelters, hotlines, housing, social services, child care, etc.)
  4. Provide training to judicial authorities and the police to enable them to deal adequately with issues of violence against women and girls.
  5. Facilitate women’s access to the mechanisms of justice, including the provision of translation into different languages as required, free legal assistance and advocacy.
  6. Take effective measures to ensure that the media respect and promote respect for women and girls.
  7. Integrate the principle of gender equality into school curricula, including a focus on the prevention of violence.
  8. Actively support women in leadership positions and work towards achieving parity between men and women in all decision-making bodies.
  9. Enact national legislation that recognises gender-based violence as grounds for asylum and non-repatriation claims, and that recognizes the specific vulnerabilities of certain groups of women, including migrant workers, women with disabilities and indigenous women.
  10. Develop indicators on work-related violence, to regularly compile and publish sex-disaggregated data and set up systems to measure and monitor progress toward agreed targets.
  11. Enact effective legislation to protect women and girls against discrimination and violence.
  12. Ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW - 1999) without reservation and implement its General Recommendation No19 on violence against women as well its Optional Protocol to the CEDAW;
    • States which have ratified CEDAW with reservations should withdraw those reservations with immediate effect;
    • States that have ratified CEDAW without reservation but continually violate CEDAW should be held accountable for such violations;
    • All States should closely monitor and evaluate the implementation of CEDAW.
  13. Ratify the Fourth World Conference for Women Platform for Action objectives and actions on violence against women and the UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (1993) as well the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action, the Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance;
  14. Ratify ILO Convention 111 on non-discrimination, No 189 on domestic workers, No 182 on child labour and implement ILO Recommendation No. 200 on HIV-AIDS;
  15. Adopt and adhere to the international instruments that protect women’s rights in armed conflicts: OHCHR Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergency and Armed Conflict (1974); Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995); UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000); Statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross to the UN General Assembly, 14 October 2009.

To demonstrate their commitment to addressing violence against women, governments, in cooperation with civil society, must intensify action to eliminate gender-based discrimination from all spheres and achieve true equality between women and men.  

 

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