Subject: [fem-women2000 629] Onsite Report from 45th Session of the UNCSW - No. 7 "Asia-Pacific Statement to the Racism Panel at the CSW"
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Subject: Onsite Report from 45th Session of the UNCSW - No. 7, source: Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Isis International-Manila <firstname.lastname@example.org> date: 03.14.01 --------------------------------------------------------------------- "Asia-Pacific Statement to the Racism Panel at the CSW" 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), New York. USA, March 6-16, 2001 Statement of the Asia Pacific Caucus on Gender and Racism Presented by: Maria Victoria Cabrera-Balleza, Isis International-Manila, on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Caucus Honorable Chairperson, Distinguished Delegates and Fellow Members of the NGO Community We, the women from the Asia-Pacific region currently attending the 45th Session of the UN CSW would like to draw attention to the specific ways in which caste-, race-, religious- and ethnic-based discrimination affects women in this region. In line with this, we urge you to include the concepts of the intersectionality of race and gender in your deliberations on the thematic issue of racism. While it is acknowledged and clearly expressed in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) that women are discriminated against on the basis of their sex, the specific and complex forms of discrimination that are experienced by women on account of their caste, race, national and ethnic origin, religion, descent, and occupation is little understood. We therefore recommend that the UN Member States attending this 45th Session of the UN CSW consider and include in their discussions the following: 1. The immediate ratification without reservations and the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and particularly its Optional Protocol. 2. In the context of intersectionality of race and gender, it is important that the ICERD and CEDAW committees work more closely together to strengthen recommendations for legislation, policy and programmes that decisively address the multiple discrimination against women in racially, ethnically and economically marginalised communities. 3. Create temporary special measures as outlined in Art. 1 (4) of ICERD and Art. 6 of CEDAW to ensure conditions of equality for historically disadvantaged communities, including women, using a perspective that looks at the intersectionality of various forms of discrimination. 4. Review, reform, and enact national and local laws related to violence against women to guarantee that they also address violence against women on the based on racism, racial, caste-based discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and that special programmes be created to address the needs of women victims of such forms of violence. In addition, governments should also invest resources in providing women victims of such violence with legal aid programmes and other forms of recourse. 5. Include a perspective on the intersectionality of various forms of discrimination in all educational programs, with a special focus on the eradication of stereotypes based on race, caste, sex, descent, national or ethnic origin, occupation and other factors. 6. Create special training programmes for public officials, members of the judiciary, and the legal profession and members of law enforcement agencies to make them more sensitive to the intersectionality of various forms of discrimination, with a special emphasis on gender-sensitivity. 7. Recognise the key role that the mass media including the Internet plays in shaping opinions and inculcating attitudes of tolerance, pluralism and avoidance of gender and racially stereotyped messages. Thank you for your attention. _________________________________________________________________________ fem-Women2000@jca.apc.org for Women 2000, UN Special Session on Beijing+5 Searcheable Archive http://www.jca.apc.org/fem/news/women2000/index.shtml visit fem-net HomePage for other mailing lists http://www.jca.apc.org/fem