Eliminating violence against women

New York, 22 March – IDA Virtual attendance, Cecilia Olivero. Eliminating violence against women in leadership for empowerment of all women and girls: virtual meeting – Organisations: FEPS, NDI, Gender Women Democracy. “Violence against women in politics is not only an intolerable violation of women’s human rights and civil rights but a fundamental challenge to democracy. The UN 65th Commission on the Status of Women with its priority theme ‘Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls’ is a moment to raise awareness of the threat of gender-based violence affecting women engaged in public life and specify policy solutions or remedies. The Foundation for European Progressive Studies and the National Democratic Institute are organising a solutions-oriented discussion to evaluate successful policy responses and promote their urgent adoption.” What showed up in the meeting is the interest in actively engaging men in the process of making women involved in politics and as political leaders, whereas so far what has been done relied on the women as the sole agents for the ‘gender-shifting’ in the political environment. Moreover, the event of Turkey leaving the Istanbul Convention has been mentioned as a real issue in a very delicate moment for gender-equality activism, and shows how much achieving important steps worldwide can still lead to problematic pushbacks. As many speakers and hosts agreed on, during the meeting, was how much important is finding common criteria in considering sessual harassment and abuse around the world. Unfortunately, in countless countries daily-basis sexual harassment is not considered as such for a problematic patriarchal culture which constraints the understanding of the issue. An interesting concept has been discussed further in the virtual meeting, the supremacist syndrome, which can be explained by the following quote: “When You’re Accustomed to Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression”.

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