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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 38th MEETING
Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Tuesday, 6 April 2004, at 10 a.m.
Chairperson: Mr. SMITH (Australia)
INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE:
(a) VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (continued)
RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
(a) VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
(agenda item 12) (continued ) (E/CN.4/2004/64, E/CN.4/2004/65-E/CN.6/2004/7, E/CN.4/2004/66 and Add.1-2, E/CN.4/2004/117-E/CN.6/2004/8, E/CN.4/2004/122; E/CN.4/2004/G/3 and 29; E/CN.4/2004/NGO/1, 20, 21, 50, 73, 84, 95, 117, 146, 195, 201 and 253)
27. Ms. CERVANTES (Organization for the Solidarity of the Peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America) said that on average women earned between 20 and 30 per cent less than men, often for exactly the same work. Two thirds of the 876 million illiterate people in the world were women, and 20 per cent of women had suffered from assault or sexual abuse. Every year, 2 million girls aged between 5 and 10 years were sold for commercial sexual exploitation. Women in the third world often faced a combination of problems, including poverty, exclusion and violence, which prevented their enjoyment of human rights. It was essential to address the major causes of violence, rather than focusing on the results. She expressed her solidarity with Palestinian, Iraqi and Cuban women, who were the victims of oppression by Israel and the United States.
RIGHTS OF THE CHILD (agenda item 13) (E/CN.4/2004/9 and Add.1 and 2 and 67-70; E/CN.4/2004/NGO/4, 74, 81, 85, 96, 105, 136, 147 and 241; E/CN.4/Sub.2/2003/26)
107. Mr. SHALABY (Egypt) ...
112. The Israeli occupying forces had violated almost every basic human right of Palestinian children by destroying their homes and schools and killing members of their families. Egypt reiterated its continued support for those children and reminded the international community of its obligations in that regard.