Here’s an update on day 2 of the CSW57. Click here for the 3rd draft of the Agreed Conclusions, which was released on Monday evening (yesterday). Today and Wednesday government delegations and NGOs will be talking to each other informally, and regional alliances come together to discuss their strategies. Thursday morning at 10 the next reading of the text – the informals – will start again.
Some things to highlight in the text and the developments around it:
The third draft continues to be a strong one. The Beijing Platform for Action and the ICPD are very likely to be reaffirmed (as every year), as well as the key actions for the further implementation of ICPD. The importance of addressing the structural causes of violence are well embedded in the text, such as historically unequal power relations between women and men, and the need to work with men and boys. The links between violence and how it inhibits sustainable development are made. They key paragraphs on sexual and reproductive health and rights remain in the text. This includes male and female condoms, and sexuality education (although this does get rather blurry when combined in the same paragraph with all kinds of other forms of adult education).
A special applause goes to:
for adding many crucial and bold paragraphs, for example: Turkey
for adding SOGI! Philippines
3. Brasil for adding sexual and reproductive rights, and sticking to it – in spite of opposition:
Oh, and a big BOOH! for the Holy See, who has made an astonishing 43 amendments to the now 23-page counting text. It wants to get most references to gender out, such as “gender-based” violence. And another thumbs down for the African Group, for adding something that would water down every agreement to such an extent that we may as well all go home now (which means for sure they did it for strategic reasons):
= Joni van de Sand =