After days with hard and difficult negotiations during the last week of the Commission on the Status of the Women, the commission ended with agreed conclusions. For a while some feared the negotiations would end like last year; with no agreement or a weak and watered downed final document. However there is broad agreement that this year’s document contain many good and concrete recommendations to end and prevent all forms of violence against women and girls. Hilde Klemetsdal, Counsellor on humanitarian issues, gender and women's empowerment, thinks the outcome document is moving several issues forward.
“We made some good advances and were able to avoid a pushback on some controversial issue. That is important.” says Klemetsdal.
Norwegian priorities are well represented in the conclusion. It was especially important for Norway that the final outcome included language on sexual and reproductive health and rights, women, peace and security, the role of boys and men, indigenous women, women with disabilities and human right defenders. However sexual orientation and gender identity, also an important priority for Norway, is not included in the document. Norway, among other countries, emphasized that this group has an increased risk of experiencing violence and discrimination, and should not be the target of violence and discrimination
Klemetsdal highlights good preparations, contact with civil society, and well prepared NGOs as crucial for this outcome. She commends the positive tone among all delegations and the willingness to compromise and find solutions from all sides. All delegations shared the common goal of reaching an agreement this year. When the final document was agreed on after two busy weeks of negotiations, the Norwegian CSW-team was pleased with the outcome of this year’s commission.
Read the agreed conclusions here.
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