A Productive Commission

Collaborative Measures Take Hold in the CSW

Der Spiegel | Vancouver | 7 January 2017 | 14 :02

The Commission on the Status of Women is no longer arranged in rows of tables lined with delegates properly positioned at their seat working diligently on notes or speeches. Instead, it is now characterized by a collaborative environment in which almost every delegate is seated in a circle contributing their ideas to make the resolution expected to come out of this committee as effective as possible.

Two merging factions are headed up by the delegates from Equatorial Guinea and Brazil. Equatorial Guinea has led other delegates, including Germany, to create a paper focused on reducing the “marginalization of men” in the fight to end domestic violence. She states that too often the framework has accused men of being the perpetrators, when they could stand to be the allies of the women at risk. Thus they have reworked the framework to “focus more on improving family relations” as a whole.

When questioned about the relevance of family relations in third world countries—specifically the familial relations in more male dominated societies—the delegate from Equatorial Guinea explains that this will not be an issue because the paper also includes the empowering of more traditional community leaders, such as midwives.

The aforementioned framework refers to the He for She Program and the Beijing Platform. The He for She Program, a UN Women solidarity campaign, mirrors the ideas the delegate from Equatorial Guinea set forth in her plan, and the Beijing Platform of 1995, specifically Strategic Objective C1, provides that women should have “access to appropriate healthcare” according to the delegate from Belgium.

While Equatorial Guinea provides a more preventative approach to ceasing the crisis of gender-based violence, the paper led by the Brazilian delegate appears to have a more reactive approach. Among the key points of the paper include the assistance granted to women who are classified as “at-risk” of assault or another gender-based violent act, women who have survived violence, and women who have had trouble re-integrating into society after the traumatic event.

This assistance comes mainly in the form of pieces of legislation, but there have been no specific points laid out below this surface level analysis.

As of the time of writing, both groups are working diligently together to create a paper that brings out the best of both groups. One is preventative and the other reactive, therefore delegates, including the German delegate, do not feel that the interests of one paper is infringing on the beliefs of the other.

The press conference this evening will provide more of a chance for these delegates to explain their reasoning behind decisions laid out above.


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