Anglican Communion pleads to United Nations for an end to gender-based violence

News

An end to gender-based violence and the role of faith communities in the fight for gender equality are amongst the issues highlighted by the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations (ACOUN) ahead of this year’s meeting of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women

Print article

An end to gender-based violence and the role of faith communities in the fight for gender equality are amongst the issues highlighted by the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations (ACOUN) ahead of this year’s meeting of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. The 64th UNCSW meeting in March will mark the 25th anniversary of the keynote Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

In an official statement to the UNCSW, ACOUN is also highlighting the need for a strong response to the threat of climate change and the importance of the voices of women on the frontline of creation care, particularly indigenous women; as well as investment in economic empowerment for women.

To support its message, ACOUN is taking a delegation of eight women from across the Communion to New York in March.

The statement identifies four key areas for Anglicans ahead of UNCSW64 and makes particular reference to the work that Anglicans from around the world are undertaking in their own communities within each of these key areas. It cites specific resolutions passed by the Anglican Consultative Council in the areas of gender-based violence and climate change.

There are seven recommendations at the end of the statement. These include urging UN member states to:

UNCSW64 will focus on the 25th anniversary review of the Beijing Declaration. Rachael Fraser, Advocacy and Research Officer for ACOUN, told ACNS that this year was “a moment to celebrate how far we have come over the last 25 years, but also a moment of challenge; to reflect on how far we still have to go”.

First published in Anglican Communion News Service on 14 January 2020.

More News stories

Loading next article