The Middle East Reflects on the Status of Women…
As you know (or maybe not, but be patient, the Knowledge Will come to You), in 1995, hundreds of delegates from different countries gathered in Beijing and committed to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a document that set a milestone in the history of Women’s Rights.
Throughout 2009, governments and NGOs around the world have been working hard at reviewing the implementation of the Declaration in their countries, assessing the Status of Women and questionning the discrepancies between national laws and women’s rights, a process that then lead to regional reviews.
In 2010, 15 years later after the adoption of the document, the world is preparing itself for the Commission on the Status of Women to be in held in New York in March.
As a women’s rights NGO, we are trying to compile a survey, asking people three questions, which would give us an idea on what populations think about the state of women’s rights in their countries, and what the improvements have been. We will then compile the results that will be published in the World YWCA publication, Common Concern. Café Thawra will compile and analyse the results for the Middle East.
May I then ask you to answer these three questions, specifying what country you come from? It would be a very interesting initiative, and I’m sure we’ll all learn a lot:
- Of the 12 areas of concern outlined in the Declaration, which in your opinion remain the most urgent concerns for women in your community or country? Which are the most urgent for women in the world? Please explain why you think this
NB: The 12 areas of concern of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action are as follows:
Women and poverty
Education and training of women
Women and health
Violence against women
Women and armed conflict
Women and the economy
Women in power and decision-making
Institutional mechanisms for the advancement ofWomen
Human rights of women
Women and the media
Women and the environment
The girl child
- In your opinion, which of these areas have notably improved or worsened in the past 15 years for women in your community, country, or the world? Please explain why you think this and feel free to provide any relevant statistics.
- Can you share any strategies that have been successful in your community, or country in achieving progress in any of these areas? Or do you have any suggestions for new strategies for YWCAs to try?
Thank you so much in advance for your reflection on this matter! Let’s express ourselves on Women’s Rights!