Commission on the Status for Women Adopts Resolution 1/1 by Acclimation

XIAOXING LI: UN Women have reached a unified decision to pass a comprehensive resolution that provides guidelines for Member States to create a number of protocols to help ensure healthcare to women at risk of violence. The Member States of the Commission on the Status of Women, also known as UN Women, adopted Resolution 1/1 by acclimation earlier this afternoon. Resolution 1/1 is a comprehensive document, spanning many different topics, from safe spaces for abused women to collaborations between regional and worldwide healthcare organizations in post-conflict zones. “The work done today is monumental,” stated the delegation from India during a … Continue reading Commission on the Status for Women Adopts Resolution 1/1 by Acclimation

Qatar Leads the Charge on Women’s Rights in the Middle East

Al Jazeera   1/8/2017, Vancouver, BC   Despite the grilling which the Qatari delegate to the CSW received at the hands of conservative western news outlet Fox News, the delegate was able to showcase the progress which their country had made on women’s rights. “We’ve made leaps and bounds in women’s rights” the Qatari delegate said during yesterday’s press conference.   Having adopted the Beijing Declaration on the rights of women, Qatar has moved to codify several international human rights conventions within its own legal framework. Domestic abuse has now been outlawed in the country, and women have been granted … Continue reading Qatar Leads the Charge on Women’s Rights in the Middle East

Ideological differences prevent consideration for numerous issues within CSW discussions, sources say

The Jakarta Post Vancouver | Sun, January 8, 2017 | 9:45am As the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) moves into the final day of its annual meeting, the nature of their progress is being called into question. Numerous delegates attending the conference, including those representing Guyana and Colombia, worry about a lack of consideration and prioritization of any issues considered sensitive by the commission. They note that while the commission is making progress expanding on already-existing work from various bodies of the United Nations, it does not reflect anything completely new. During a press conference yesterday, it was … Continue reading Ideological differences prevent consideration for numerous issues within CSW discussions, sources say

CSW A Model of Diplomatic Progress

NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK, NEW YORK By Clayton MacLean 01/07/2017 The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is making extraordinary steps forwards towards addressing the issue of ensuring healthcare to women at risk of violence. As the delegate from Guatemala explained, “There has been vast cooperation, more than I could ever have expected.” Though controversial topics – threatened to disrupt the Commission’s ability to cooperate effectively, particularly in light of strong cultural differences between the delegations, “Even in topics that are so controversial, there has been cooperation, there have been ways of putting in clauses that make … Continue reading CSW A Model of Diplomatic Progress

Confusion on the Status of Words

-Fox News, reporting from the CSW The Commission on the Status of Women seems at once tyrannical and impotent. The Commission is currently debating how best to deliver healthcare to women at risk of violence. One working group was proposing that medical data collected from such consultations be encrypted, in order to protect the privacy of women. When asked who would be able to access such encoded doctors’ notes, the delegation of Qatar stated that the information should be immediately encrypted, yet accessible by “trusted institutions.” The Indian delegation quickly responded that medical data should be denied to anyone who … Continue reading Confusion on the Status of Words

Commission for the Status of Waste

Rio Times – Opinion Article by Michael Royster 06 January 2017 The Commission for the Status of Women (CSW) decided today to discuss the first topic of Ensuring Healthcare to Women at Risk of Violence. The body decided to specifically discuss providing resources to women who have been sexually assaulted and fighting stigma around sexual assault. Unfortunately, many of the delegates are looking past resources, like doctors, therapists, and hospitals, which present easier access than choosing a more frivolous option, such as women’s healthcare clinics, as the solution. This is because, as the delegate from Kenya explains, “…people in rural … Continue reading Commission for the Status of Waste

Commission on the Status of Women to ensure healthcare to women at risk of violence; prioritized in UN vote

The Jakarta Post Vancouver | Fri, January 6, 2016 | 4:30pm The Commission on the Status of Women has resolved to work together in ensuring healthcare to women at risk of violence; a decision that was confirmed in a near-unanimous … Continue reading Commission on the Status of Women to ensure healthcare to women at risk of violence; prioritized in UN vote

A Crude Awakening

German Delegate Sheds Light on Domestic Gender-Based Violence Der Spiegel 16:32   On a frosty morning within the halls of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), member states gather to discuss and develop new strategies to ensure healthcare for women at risk of violence. While a considerable time has passed since the early 20th century, a time marked internationally with the rise of equal rights for women, the world is still plagued with injustice for a gender that makes up over half of the world’s population. Germany is no exception to this violence, as still over 60% of … Continue reading A Crude Awakening