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HRC32: statement by Denmark, ID with Special Rapporteur on violence against women and the Working Group on discrimination against women in law   17 June 2016

HRC32: ID with SR on VAW and WG on DAW 17 June 2016 Statement by Denmark

17.06.2016  15:11


32nd session of the Human Rights Council
 ID with SR on VAW and WG on DAW 17 June 2016
 Statement by Denmark
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Mr. President,
 Denmark thanks the Special Rapporteur on violence against women and its causes and consequences and the Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice for their thorough and comprehensive reports.
 All human beings must have the same opportunities and rights to education, health, economic prosperity, political participation and to involvement in society at large. All human beings must be able to live a life free from violence and threat of violence. These are basic human rights.
 By pledging that all forms of discrimination and violence in the public and private spheres against women and girls will be eliminated, The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides an excellent foundation for accelerating progress in achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. 
 Most importantly the root causes to violence and discrimination must be eliminated. As is rightly stated in the report on violence, all States have an obligation to take positive measures to change harmful stereotypes relating to gender roles conducive to violence. At the same time States should undertake activities to empower women and to involve men and boys to contribute actively to the prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. And likewise important, States are obliged to prosecute perpetrators of violence against women.    
 I welcome the Special Rapporteur’s and the Working Group’s recommendations in this regard.
 Let me conclude by touching on one aspect of particular importance; that is to give children and youth a positive attitude towards girls’ and women’s equal rights. How best can this be done? 
 In the report from the Working Group on discrimination it is stated, that “pregnancy and childbirth are together the second leading cause of death among 15- to 19-year-old girls globally”. What kind of measures should be taken to reduce this horrifically high number?  
 I thank you once again for your reports and assure you of our continued support.
 Thank you.