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UNITED NATIONS

HR/CN/1075
5 April 2004

CHAIRPERSON OF COMMISSION ON STATUS OF WOMEN CALLS
FOR GREATER ROLE FOR WOMEN IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Debate Continues on Human Rights of Women
(Reissued as received.)


GENEVA, 5 April (UN Information Services) -- The Chairperson of the Commission on the Status of Women addressed the Commission on Human Rights this afternoon, applauding the human rights body’s recent attention to the issue of violence against women and saying her own group was focusing lately on women’s equal participation in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict peace-building.

The Chairperson, Kyung-Wha Kang, also said gender mainstreaming required consistent and systematic attention to gender perspectives in all areas of human rights; and that the Commission on the Status of Women had spent part of its most recent session discussing the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality.

The Commission also carried on this afternoon with the general debate under its agenda item on the human rights of women, hearing from a series of national delegations addressing such problems as trafficking in women, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS.  Many countries described Government efforts to advance women’s human rights.

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The Commission will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 6 April, to continue its debate on the human rights of women and -- if the speakers’ list on that topic is exhausted -- begin discussion of the rights of the child.

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Statements on Human Rights of Women and Gender Perspective

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SUHAIM BEN HAMAD AL-THANI (Qatar) ...

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... Qatar wished to express solidarity with the suffering women of Palestine, who were unable fully to enjoy their human rights because of the Israeli occupation.

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SOUHEILA ABBAS (Syria) ...

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Palestinian women’s rights were being violated, and efforts to protect and promote their rights had been made impossible by the continued Israeli occupation.  Syria would cooperate with international efforts to liberate Palestinian women in the occupied territories, including the Syrian Golan.

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