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HRC32: Nordic-Baltic statement: Annual Full-day discussion on women’s human rights: Panel discussion on violence against women and its root causes 

HRC32: Nordic-Baltic statement: Panel discussion on violence against women and its root causes :

16.06.2016   

NORDIC-BALTIC  STATEMENT

 Human Rights Council 32 Session

Annual Full-day discussion on women’s human rights:

Panel discussion on violence against women and its root causes

 

 

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Mr. President,

Distinguished panellists,

I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of Finland, Estonia, Norway, Latvia, Iceland, Lithuania, Sweden, and my own country Denmark together with Greenland.

We thank the Working Group for the comprehensive report and welcome this opportunity to discuss the protection of the right of indigenous women to a life free from violence.

Though estimated that there are more than 370 million indigenous people worldwide, indigenous peoples are often among the most marginalised groups. Indigenous women and girls often face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and violence, both as women and as indigenous peoples.

Elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private spheres is rightly part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that aims to realize gender equality and empower women and girls. Violence is a severe violation of human rights and constitutes one of the most hideous and brutal forms of discrimination and injustice against women and girls. 

Therefore, ending violence against women and girls should be given the highest political priority. In this regard, identifying the underlying causes and ensuring the availability of data on all forms of violence against women, including indigenous women, is key.

Changing the mind-sets and attitudes among men and boys is equally important. Men and boys have a central role in promoting and protecting indigenous women’s rights in their own communities and in the broad public, including governments and authorities.

The panel is kindly asked to share suggestions for concrete steps and best practises in relation to the two following elements:
•How can we ensure implementation the SDG 5.2 on the elimination of all forms of violence against all women and girls, including indigenous women and girls?
•In the context of the extensive sexual violence faced by indigenous women and girls - as is documented by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples (A/HRC/30/41) - how can we ensure the full realisation of their sexual and reproductive health and rights?

 Thank you.