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of the MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFTICA REGIONAL REPORT ON DUE DILIGENCE AND STATE ACCOUNTABILITY TO ELIMINATE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN



THE DUE DILIGIENCE PRINCIPLE AND

THE ROLE OF THE STATE:

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

IN FAMILY AND CULTURAL LIFE


Submission to the United Nations Working Group on

Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice


RECENT CSW 60 SIDE EVENTS


The Due Diligence Project

was pleased to convene / co-convene / participate in  

the following panels in conjunction with the

60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.



SDG 5 and Online VAW:    

Who's Accountable? Due Diligence,

the State, and Internet Intermediaries


Date: Friday 18th March 2016

Time: 10am - 11:30am

The Permanent Mission of Netherlands to the UN

666 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017

(between 42nd and 43rd)


The panel explored the next steps to address online violence against women. Access to information and communications technology is no longer the privilege of select members of society. In many instances it has overtaken more conventional forms of communications to become the main form of communication in both commercial dealings and personal interaction. Access to this technology is key to women’s empowerment. The transformative potential of the internet is (increasingly) under threat by high levels of online violence against women. Increased prevalence of online violence against women, the lack of effective measures to prevent and contain it and the ensuing impunity has created barriers to women becoming full participants and equal players in development. These barriers must be addressed as part of the struggle to eliminate violence against women.


Panelists included Zarizana Abdul Aziz, Director, Due Diligence Project; Jan Moolman from the Association for Progressive Communications; the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Dubravka Simonovic; and Frank LaRue, Robert F. Kennedy Foundation and former Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression (statement). Janine Moussa from the Global Women’s Institute moderated the discussion.


Hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Government of Malaysia.




Addressing Violence against Women and Girls to Achieve Sustainable Development


Date: Tuesday 15th March 2016

Time: 11:30am - 12:45pm


This panel highlighted progress, potential effective interventions, and the various challenges associated with ending VAWG across countries.


Panellists:

- Natasha Stott Despoja, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls

- Åsa Regnér, Swedish Minister for Gender Equality

- Zohra Rasekh, former Advisor to the Foreign Minister on human rights and gender issues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (TBC)

- Zarizana Abdul Aziz, Director at the Due Diligence Project on State Obligation to End Violence against Women.

Moderator: Diana Arango, Senior Gender-Based Violence and Development Specialist at the World Bank Group

Closing remarks: Mary Ellsberg, Director of the Global Women's Institute at the George Washington University.

This event was open to all UN pass-holders.




Challenging and changing social norms to prevent violence against women and girls and support policy implementation


Date: Tuesday 15th March 2016

Time: 2.30pm

Thai Cultural Center

310 44th St., Suite #L, New York, NY 10017

(between 1st and 2nd Ave) Room Assignment: Room 2


The Due Diligence Project and Oxfam collaborated to highlight the importance and impact of social norms on the reality of women. These negative social norms are collectively held ideas in a community or society about how women and men, and girls and boys, do and should act. They reflect unequal gender power relations, in which women and girls are assigned less worth than men and boys. In order to tackle implementation gaps and create a violence-free reality for women, negative social norms must be addressed and changed resulting in strong societal condemnation of VAW. Social norms that support gender equality and non-violence are needed to create a more enabling environment for both political commitments and NGOs' work.


Panellists:

· Zarizana Abdul Aziz, Due Diligence Project,

· Christine Hughes, Oxfam,

· Coralie Vox, Oxfam




FGM - Bridging Gaps, New Research: From Advocacy to Policies in Action Post 2015


Date: Friday 18th March 2016

Time: 12pm

Church Center, (across the street from the UN)

corner of East 44th street & 1st Avenue, New York City


Co-convened with WUNRN, Yale University, OHCHR - African Committee, this Panel gave serious attention to the legal dynamics involved with the practice of FGM including among migrant girls and women. It also considered FGM progress in the Post-2015 Era and intersectionalities of FGM and the Sustainable Development Goals.


Panellists:

· Mr. Juan Mendez, FGM & Torture Statement – UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

· Zarizana Abdul Aziz – Due Diligence Project, Director

· Dr. Lori Ann Post, Yale University – Long-Term Research on Violence Against Women in Africa & FGM Focus

· Dr. Morissanda Kouyate, Executive Director Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices – FGM Progress in the Post-2015 Era

· Ms. Lorraine Koonce Farahmand - Attorney at Law UK & US - FGM Specialist

· UNFPA

· Dr. Adebisi Adebayo, Inter-African Committee – Implications of UN Study on Best Practices & Challenges to Eliminate FGM

· Ms. Lois A. Herman – Coordinator WUNRN, Women's UN Report Network – FGM Power Point

· Dr. Tobe Levin Von Gleichen - Associate Professor Harvard University, Visiting Research Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University – FGM Activist & Publisher

Moderator: Dr. Adebisi Adebayo – Inter-African Committee, IAC Geneva Programme Director





Available Soon!

Indonesian translation

of the report on

DUE DILIGENCE FRAMEWORK:

STATE ACCOUNTABILITY FRAME WORK FOR ELIMINATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

National Application

and Instrumentalisation of the

DUE DILIGENCE FRAMEWORK