Page 1 of 2 pages Commission : Human Rights Session : 14th MUN – 2010 Sponsors : Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho, Slovakia, Sudan, Swaziland, Yemen QUESTION OF:
IMPLEMENTING EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO REDUCE GENDER DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE
The General Assembly, Deeply disturbed by the fact that women and girls are undergoing physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuses irrespective of age, race and geographical location, R ecalling that the Charter of the United Nations reaffirms faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women, Grieved by the fact that discrimination against women violates the principles of equality of rights and respect for human dignity and is an obstacle for women, in the political, social, economic and cultural life of their countries, Expressing deep concern with regard to the alarming increase of child labour due to early dropouts and the fact that women are deprived of education, Cognizant that child marriage is immoral and that the Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages (1964) says that no marriage shall be legally entered into without the full and free consent of both parties, Considering that genital mutilation and sterilization are unlawful acts that are still inflicted on women. 1. Recommends that strong and powerful countries offer more help in terms of human power and funds to benevolent organisations like the UNICEF in order to stop the perpetuation of violence against women and girls;
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Commission : Human Rights Sponsors : Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho, Slovakia, Sudan, Swaziland, Yemen
2. Encourages the development of preventive approaches and all measures of legal, political, administrative and cultural nature that promote the protection of women against any form of violence, and ensure that the revictimisation of women does not occur; 3. C onvinced that, in the light of the above, there is a need for a clear and comprehensive definition of violence against women, a clear statement of the rights to be applied to ensure the elimination of violence against women in all its forms, a commitment by States in respect of their responsibilities, and a commitment by the international community at large to the elimination of violence against women; 4. Calls upon member states and developed countries to help in combating and sensitising nations against HIV/AIDS; 5. Stresses that the reduction of female student dropout rates and the organisation of programmes for girls and women who have left school prematurely is of utmost importance to promote the emancipation of women and to give them a chance to be economically independent; 6. Applauds the new law that raises the minimum age for marriage to 17, and provide for the right to alimony and recognition of the mother as the sole guardian of her children; 7. Reaffirms that measures have to be taken to minimise genital mutilation and sterilisation through heavy penalties to condemn this atrocious and unlawful act as it is carried out in unhygienic conditions and may often entail post trauma and internal bleeding, thus putting the woman’s life at risk.