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9 October 2006


General Assembly
GA/SHC/3850

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-first General Assembly
Third Committee
8th & 9th Meetings (AM & PM)

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN NOT CONFINED TO SPECIFIC CULTURE OR REGION,

THIRD COMMITTEE TOLD AS DEBATE BEGINS ON ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN


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Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to begin its general discussion on the advancement of women.

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Discussion

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In response to questions from Syria and the Observer for Palestine on why the Secretary-General’s report had not highlighted the specific situation of women living under foreign occupation, he said the report examined different forms of violence against women including in domestic contexts and conflict situations, and by state actors, among others.  He also noted that paragraph 71 of the report referred to violence against women in the context of colonialism and post-colonial domination.  The Syrian representative replied that that brief reference to the status of women was not enough, and Mr. Ocampo took note of his concern.

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Statements

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Ms. GENDI ( Egypt) noted that, despite pledges made at the Beijing Summit and other conferences, outcomes had fallen short of expectations.  Women were suffering from occupation as could be seen by the plight of Palestinian and Lebanese women. ...

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IDREES MOHAMED ALI MOHAMMED SAEED ( Sudan) ...

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...  Palestinian women living under the yoke of Israeli occupation had been suffering greatly; the United Nations was obliged to restore their right to a decent life.

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