Report of the Committee on Women on its Sixth Session: Kuwait 4-5 December 2013

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
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This report summarizes the  Committee on Women of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia's (ESCWA) sixth session in Kuwait, on 4 and 5 December 2013. At the session, the Committee considered steps taken by Arab States to implement the recommendations made by the Committee at its fifth session; the activities of the ESCWA Centre for Women since the fifth session of the Committee; and the programme of work for the biennium 2014- 2015 in the area of women advancement. The Committee also discussed regional issues, such as international frameworks to combat violence against women in Arab countries, highlighting the principle of due diligence, and encouraged Arab countries to mainstream a gender perspective into their public institutions. The presentations also covered international issues, such as the situation of Arab women and gender equality under the post-2015 development agenda and a review of progress made in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after their adoption (Beijing+20). The principal outcomes of the sixth session of the Committee were the issuance of the Kuwait Declaration on Combating Violence against Women that underscored the positive developments regarding Arab women and evaluated the main violations they had suffered. ESCWA member States confirmed their commitment to protecting women, safeguarding all their human rights and providing a safe environment for them to seek social justice on the basis of gender equality. They also reaffirmed their commitment to enshrining women’s right to a decent life, physical integrity and human dignity without any form of discrimination. The Committee issued a series of recommendations to the ESCWA secretariat and member States for implementation during the biennium 2014-2015.

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