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UNITED
NATIONS
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        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.6/1995/14
E/1995/26

27 June 1995

Original: English

Economic and Social Council
Official Records
Supplement No.6
Commission on the Status of Women


Commission on the Status of Women Report

Report on the thirty-ninth session

(15 March-7 April 1995)



As part of its regular work, the Commission recommended to the Economic and Social Council the adoption of three draft resolutions and one draft decision. In addition, it adopted eight resolutions related to items on its agenda.

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In draft resolution II (Palestinian women), the Council would demand compliance from the occupying power to various international principles and call upon it to facilitate the return of all refugee and displaced Palestinian women and children and those who are political deportees to their homes and properties in the occupied Palestinian territory; urge members of the international community to intensify efforts to provide financial and technical assistance to Palestinian women; request the Commission on the Status of Women to continue to monitor and take action on parts of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women concerning Palestinian women and children; and request the Secretary-General to continue to review the situation and to assist Palestinian women by all available means.

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In matters brought to the attention of the Council, the Commission adopted eight resolutions on various subjects.

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In resolution 39/3 (Integration of women in the Middle East peace process), the Commission urges Governments, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations to include women in the peace process; to assist the Palestinian people to ensure Palestinian women's political development and participation; and urges Member States to expedite economic, financial and technical assistance to Palestinian women.

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DRAFT RESOLUTION II

Palestinian women*


The Economic and Social Council,

Having considered with appreciation the report of the Secretary-General on the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women, 4/

Recalling the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, 1/ in particular paragraph 260 concerning Palestinian women and children,

Recalling also its resolution 38/4 of 16 March 1994 and other relevant United Nations resolutions,

Recalling the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women 5/ as it concerns the protection of civilian populations,

Welcoming the signing by the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Government of Israel of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self- Government Arrangements, in Washington, D.C., on 13 September 1993, 6/ as well as the implementation of the agreements reached between the two sides,

Deeply concerned about the continuing deterioration of all aspects of the situation of the Palestinian women in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem,

Gravely concerned about the severe consequences of the continuous Israeli illegal settlements activities, as well as the measurements which isolate Jerusalem from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, on the situation of Palestinian women and their families,

1. Reaffirms that the Israeli occupation constitutes a major obstacle for Palestinian women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development plan of their society;

2. Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, comply fully with the provisions and principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 7/ the Hague Regulation and the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949, 8/ in order to protect the rights of Palestinian women and their families;

3. Calls upon Israel to facilitate the return of all refugee and displaced Palestinian women and children and those who are political deportees to their homes and properties in the occupied Palestinian territory, in compliance with the relevant United Nations resolutions;

4. Urges Member States, international financial organizations of the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations and other relevant institutions to intensify their efforts to provide financial and technical assistance to Palestinian women for the creation of projects responding to their needs, especially during the transitional period;

5. Requests the Commission on the Status of Women to continue to monitor and take action with regard to the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, in particular paragraph 260 concerning Palestinian women and children;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to continue to review the situation and to assist Palestinian women by all available means, and to submit to the Commission on the Status of Women at its fortieth session a report on the progress made in the implementation of the present resolution.

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* For the discussion, see chap. IV.

4/ E/CN.6/1995/8.

5/ General Assembly resolution 48/104, annex.

6/ A/48/486-S/26560, annex.

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Resolution 39/3. Integration of women in the Middle East peace process*

The Commission on the Status of Women,

Recalling its resolution 38/1 of 18 March 1994,

Recalling also General Assembly resolution 49/88 of 16 December 1994 on the Middle East peace process,

Recalling further the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, 10/ adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights in June 1993,

Stressing that the achievement of a comprehensive and lasting settlement of the Middle East conflict will constitute a significant contribution to the strengthening of international peace and security and is an indispensable condition for the furthering of women's rights in the region,

Recalling the convening of the Peace Conference on the Middle East at Madrid on 30 October 1991, on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 and 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973, and the subsequent bilateral negotiations, as well as the meetings of the multilateral working groups, and noting with satisfaction the broad international support for the peace process,

Noting the continuing positive participation of the United Nations as a full extraregionalparticipant in the workof themultilateral working groups,

Bearing in mind the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, signed by the Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington, D.C. on 13 September 1993 1/ and the subsequent Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area, signed by the Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, the representative of the Palestinian people, at Cairo on 4 May 1994, 2/ and their agreement of 29 August 1994 on the preparatory transfer of powers and responsibilities,

Also bearing in mind the Jordan-Israel Treaty of Peace of 26 October 1994,

Welcoming the Declaration of Casablanca, adopted at the Middle East/North Africa Economic Summit, held at Casablanca from 30 October to 1 November 1994,

Welcoming also the progress made in the multilateral track of the peace process,

1. Stresses the importance of, and need for, achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;

2. Emphasizes that the achievement of such a peace is vital for the implementation of the human rights of women in the area;

3. Welcomes the peace process started at Madrid and supports the subsequent bilateral negotiations;

4. Considers that an active United Nations role in the Middle East peace process and in assisting in the implementation of the Declaration of Principles can make a positive contribution;

5. Urges Governments, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations to include women in the peace process;

6. Also urges Governments, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations to support the implementation of the Declaration of Principles and to assist the Palestinian people to ensure Palestinian women's political development and participation;

7. Urges Member States to expedite economic, financial and technical assistance to Palestinian women.

1/A/48/486-S/26560, annex.

2/A/49/180-S/1994/727, annex.

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Chapter IV

MONITORING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NAIROBI FORWARD-LOOKING STRATEGIES FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN


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3. In introducing agenda item 5, the Deputy Director of the Division for the Advancement of Women said that the issues covered by that item had a strong relationship with the preparations for the Fourth World Conference on Women. The main focus of the item was the enjoyment by women of their human rights, including consideration of communications; and the follow-up to the World Conference on Human Rights, including a possible optional protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and matters related to the issue of violence against women as well as Palestinian women.

Palestinian women

4. One representative expressed concern that the report of the SecretaryGeneral on the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women (E/CN.6/1995/8) did not take account of the fact that Palestinian women much more than Palestinian men were facing violation of their human rights both in the family and in society. Palestinian women experienced physical violence in their lives owing to harmful traditions, customs and armed conflicts. She referred to the restriction of the girl's access to education, and early marriage, and spoke about some measures that had been taken in order to provide women with legal support. She emphasized the importance of women's participation in the peace process.

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ACTION TAKEN BY THE COMMISSION

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Integration of women in the Middle East peace process

33. At the 11th meeting, on 28 March 1995, the representative of the Russian Federation, on behalf of Norway*, the Russian Federation and the United States of America*, introduced a draft resolution (E/CN.6/1995/L.9) entitled "Integration of women in the Middle East peace process". Subsequently, Armenia*, Bulgaria, Cambodia*, Cameroon*, Costa Rica and Gabon* joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

34. At the 12th meeting, on 29 March, Cote d'Ivoire*, Ecuador, Hungary*, Panama and the Sudan joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

35. At the same meeting, a statement was made by the representative of the Russian Federation.

36. At the 14th meeting, on 31 March, the Commission adopted the draft resolution (see chap. I, sect. C, Commission resolution 39/3).

37. After the adoption of the draft resolution, statements were made by the representatives of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the Islamic Republic of Iran and the observer for the Syrian Arab Republic.

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Palestinian women

50. At the 11th meeting, on 28 March 1995, the representative of the Philippines, on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Group of 77 and China, introduced a draft resolution (E/CN.6/1995/L.12) entitled "Palestinian women".

51. At the 14th meeting, on 31 March, the Commission adopted the draft resolution (see chap. I, sect. A, draft resolution II).

52. After the adoption of the draft resolution, statements were made by the representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Philippines (on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Group of 77 and China) and the observer for Israel.

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