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CSW-44 Informals #5



Tonya Barnes <>
Richard Campbell <>
Wendy Jackson <> 
Gretchen Sidhu <>

Pamela Chasek, Ph.D. <>

Managing Director
Langston James Goree VI "Kimo" <>

Vol. 14 No. 39
Friday, 2 June 2000

Daily coverage of the informal consultations of the 44th 
Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, acting as 
the Preparatory Committee for the Beijing  UNGASS can be 
found at


On Thursday, 1 June, the PrepCom met to continue informal 
consultations. Working Group I discussed Section III in the 
morning and afternoon. Working Group II discussed Section IV in 
evening and late-night sessions. The contact group facilitated by 
Vice-Chair Patricia Flor met in the morning, afternoon and evening 
to discuss paragraphs on human rights. The contact group 
facilitated by Vice-Chair Misako Kaji (Japan) met in the afternoon 
to negotiate text on trafficking.



In paragraph 29, on globalization, delegates deleted language not 
having a gender focus and preferred referring to inequalities, 
rather than inequities, among and within countries. In 30 bis, on 
globalization and structural adjustment, delegates noted but did 
not discuss an EU reformulation. In G-77/China-proposed 30 ter, on 
the debt burden faced by most developing countries, JUSCANZ, 
opposed by the G-77/CHINA, preferred reference to many developing 
countries. The paragraph remains bracketed. 

JUSCANZ, with the EU, called for deletion of G-77/China-proposed 
30 quater, on unilateral coercive measures. The G-77/CHINA 
preferred retention. Delegates deleted a reference to the negative 
impact of economic sanctions on women and children, noting it 
would be considered under paragraph 13. The sub-paragraph remains 
bracketed. JUSCANZ and the EU advocated deletion of new 30 quater, 
on economic sanctions. The sub-paragraph, which remains bracketed, 
was renamed 30 quater bis by Chair Mlacak. Paragraphs 29-30 quater 
bis were forwarded to small group consultations. 

In paragraph 31, on science and technology creating new qualified 
jobs, job classifications and ways of working, several delegates 
advocated deleting the references to qualified and, opposed by the 
EU, job classifications. SLAC preferred "contributing to the 
creation" to "creating new." Delegates agreed on contributing to 
the creation of jobs, and new job classifications and ways of 
working. Delegates also agreed on a reference to technological 
change bringing new opportunities for all women in all fields if 
they have equal access, and adequate training, but several 
delegates opposed text on women being actively involved in the 
definition, design, development, implementation and gender impact 
evaluation of these changes. SADC, SRI LANKA and NIGERIA stressed 
retaining the language. CHINA queried the relationship that 
design, development and implementation have with technological 
change. LIBYA and ALGERIA called for brackets.  SLAC suggested 
referring to challenges and not changes. LIBYA opposed 
"definition," which remains bracketed. Delegates could not decide 
on the reference to gender impact evaluation of policies related 
to these "changes" or to "new challenges." In a reference to new 
communications technologies, delegates agreed to SADC's 
specification that many women are yet to effectively use these, 
and, in a list of applications, they accepted a JUSCANZ reference 
to business, a Philippines reference to education, and an EU 
reference to media consultation. JUSCANZ withdrew its proposal on 
the benefits of technological advances. In a sentence on exclusion 
from this new field, delegates agreed on a reference to millions 
of the world's poorest. They accepted Algeria's proposal, amended 
by JUSCANZ, to refer to these millions being currently excluded, 
and approved SLAC's suggested language on the poorest not having 
access to and benefit from science and technology.

Chair Mlacak noted the integration of an alternative formulation 
for paragraph 34, on CEDAW, into paragraph 21, on obstacles to 
human rights. In paragraph 36, on demographic trends, delegates 
agreed to SLAC's reference to some countries and JUSCANZ's 
reference to chronic health conditions. They moved JUSCANZ-
proposed text on the implications for, inter alia, research to the 
first sentence. SLAC proposed, and all agreed, to delete JUSCANZ 
language on social challenges related to widows and a rise in 
chronic diseases as a major cause of mortality for women. JUSCANZ 
text on the current generation of young people and the needs of 
adolescent girls and young women was accepted, and the paragraph 
was agreed. 

Delegates accepted G-77/China-proposed 37 bis, as submitted by the 
contact group on health, on substance abuse. In paragraph 38, on 
dealing with natural disasters, SADC, with NIGERIA, proposed 
retaining references to prevention and implementation strategies, 
and preferred reference to "raised" over "increased" awareness. 
SLAC called for retention of text on the inefficiencies of 
existing approaches and intervention methods in responding to 
emergency situations, and suggested alternative placement. ST. 
KITTS AND NEVIS proposed adding reference to inadequacies. SENEGAL 
proposed, but ALGERIA and ST. KITTS AND NEVIS opposed, reference 
to incorporating a gender perspective "during emergencies." With 
all amendments except the last, the paragraph was agreed.

In paragraph 41, on gender equality and relations, delegates left 
language on CEDAW pending. On the changing context of gender 
relations and the discussion on gender equality and sexual and 
reproductive rights having led to increased reassessment of gender 
roles, LIBYA, IRAN and others expressed difficulty with the 
reference to sexual and reproductive rights. LIBYA advocated 
bracketing the paragraph. SLAC said the reference was 
inappropriate in this context. NIGERIA preferred reference to 
sexual and reproductive health. The PHILIPPINES preferred 
reference to productive and reproductive roles. The three 
alternatives remain bracketed. On these factors having also 
encouraged a discussion on the roles and responsibilities of women 
and men in working towards gender equality and the need for 
changing the stereotypical  roles and identities of women and men, 
SLAC opposed the EU's proposal to substitute "traditional" for 
"stereotypical" and suggested adding text on it being made clear 
that women and men must work together to realize gender equality. 
JUSCANZ preferred text on roles limiting women's full potential. 
The HOLY SEE proposed stereotypical roles that limit women's full 
potential. The EU suggested, but delegates deferred discussion on, 
text referring to the need for a balanced participation of women 
and men in remunerated and unremunerated work. IRAN bracketed 
"identities." The PHILLIPPINES, opposed by SADC, preferred 
"behavior" to identities. Brackets remain on references to: 
stereotypical and traditional roles, limiting women's full 
potential, and identities or behavior of women and men.

On the issue of remunerated and unremunerated work, delegates 
considered a SLAC formulation. The EU and JUSCANZ favored using 
this text as a basis for negotiation, and withdrew their own 
proposals. JUSCANZ opposed an EU suggestion to delete language on 
"measuring the real value" of unremunerated work for women. The EU 
suggested language on insufficient sharing of tasks and 
responsibilities with men. JUSCANZ proposed adding text on the 
need for balanced participation between women and men in 
remunerated and unremunerated work and called for including 
reference to the disproportionate burden for women "in comparison 
with men." JUSCANZ also suggested deleting references to 
development and to the need to measure women's unremunerated work 
in quantitative terms and value it in national accounts. 
Discussion on these proposals was deferred.

Chair Mlacak commended the group on the completion of a first 
reading of Section III, and highlighted paragraphs 7, 10, 11, 14, 
15, 17, 18, 23, and 24 for further consideration during Friday's 
second reading.



National and International Actions: Delegates agreed to delete 
130(h), on encouraging the media to reduce and eliminate 
stereotyping of woman and girls. In 132(a), on improved knowledge 
and availability of, and accessibility to, remedies against denial 
or violation of rights, ALGERIA, with IRAN and MOROCCO, proposed 
placement under national actions. ALGERIA suggested bracketing 
text on "international judicial and quasi-judicial procedures." 
CHINA, with SLAC, proposed deletion of text on "gender-sensitive 
courts" and addition of "when appropriate" before "independent 
human rights institutions." NIGERIA agreed to a Holy See proposal 
to delete reference to the Optional Protocol to CEDAW. JAMAICA 
opposed. Delegates agreed on a Holy See redraft text of the first 
phrase on improving knowledge and awareness of the remedies 
available for violations of the human rights of women, and a 
corollary suggestion to place the remainder of the sub-paragraph 
under national actions.

Delegates agreed on EU-proposed 132(b), on promoting and 
protecting the human rights of all migrant women. In Holy See-
proposed 132(c), on encouraging an appreciation for the central 
role that religion, spirituality and belief play in the lives of 
millions of women and men, JAMAICA suggested a redraft on 
respecting the right of women and men to freedom of thought. 
ZAMBIA also suggested a reformulation on encouraging a greater 
appreciation of the central role that religion, spirituality and 
belief play in the lives of women and men, and in this regard, 
protecting and promoting women's rights which must be universally 
enjoyed. The paragraph remains bracketed.

In 132(d), on encouraging cooperation between governmental 
authorities, parliaments, the judiciary and women's rights groups, 
delegates agreed to place it under national actions, and to accept 
ALGERIA-proposed text on women's organizations including NGOs. 
IRAN proposed text on implementation of the PFA. CHINA suggested 
language on ensuring that legislation is anti-discriminatory. The 
paragraph is pending.

Delegates agreed to refer to contact groups both 132(f), on 
protection for defenders of women's human rights, and 132 (g), on 
a gender perspective in human rights mechanisms. After slight 
amendments by various delegations, participants agreed to a SLAC 
merged reformulation of 132(h) and (i), on taking measures to 
enable older women to be actively engaged in all aspects of life, 
as well as assume a variety of roles in communities, public life 
and decision-making, and develop and implement policies and 
programmes to ensure their full enjoyment of human rights and 
quality of life, as well as to address their needs, with a view to 
contributing to the realization of a society for all ages. 
Delegates also agreed to placement under national actions. 

At 10:00 pm, delegates anticipated completing a first reading of 
Section IV during the late-night session.


The contact group facilitated by Vice-Chair Patricia Flor began 
discussing text on human rights, with debate over references to 
CEDAW. The contact group facilitated by Vice-Chair Misako Kaji 
reached consensus on text on trafficking, but delegates unable to 
attend the meeting later reported that they would not be able to 
accept the text once it is presented to the larger group.


Strong interventions are flowing from the new round of issue 
experts from capitals, who now outnumber other kinds of experts 
from New York. One of the most vocal of the latter was reportedly 
exiled to the corridors, and filibustering is no longer the order 
of the day. Does this come soon enough? Observers note hot 
political disputes have flared over any suggestion to drop 
sections of the document as a means to reach agreement by next 
Friday. Some groups simply favor deletion within the sections 
wherever possible. One delegate quipped that the PrepCom should 
republish the PFA, bound in a different cover, naturally. With 
four sessions a day to clear hundreds of brackets away, that's one 
idea that might rapidly gain multilateral consensus. 

Things to Look For

PLENARY: The PrepCom will meet at 3:00 pm in Conference Room 1 to 
discuss preparations for the Special Session and adoption of the 
PrepCom report.

WORKING GROUPS: Working Group I will discuss Sections II and III 
at 10:00 am in Conference Room 1. Working Group II will debate 
Section IV at 4:00pm in Conference Room 1, and at 7:00 pm and 
10:00 pm in Conference Room 2. 

CONTACT GROUPS: Contact groups will meet at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm 
in Conference Room 6, and at 7:00 pm in Conference Room 9.


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