PHL gets intl praise for pact on violence against women, girls

The Philippines received praise from the international community for the key role it played in a historic global agreement to eliminate violence against women and girls.

Philippine delegation members had held constructive discussions for two weeks on “Agreed Conclusions” that brand violence against women as a human rights violation, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. “The 57th (Commission on Status of Women) session concluded with the adoption of Agreed Conclusions on the elimination of violence against women and girls, which was widely hailed by governments, UN officials and civil society as a historic global agreement,” it said.

It added the 57th session was held from March 4 to 15 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The session was attended by representatives from 133 states delivering statements, the DFA said. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet welcomed the adoption of the agreement and pushed its speedy implementation, the DFA said. “The Philippine delegation actively engaged other delegations in constructive discussions during the more than two weeks of intensive negotiations on the draft agreed conclusions which was facilitated by CSW Vice Chairperson Ana Marie Hernando of the Philippine Permanent Mission, representing the Asia Pacific Region,” the DFA added. Leading the Philippine delegation to the 57th CSW session were presidential peace process adviser Teresita Deles and Permanent Representative to the UN Libran Cabactulan. Members of the delegation included representatives from the Philippine Commission on Women, Department of Justice, Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Anti-Poverty Commission, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Health and civil society groups.

‘Agreed conclusions’

The DFA said the Agreed Conclusions emphasize that violence against women is a human rights violation, and that the State has the duty “to promote and protect all human rights, which are universal and indivisible.” It said the Agreed Conclusions will guide the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Wdmen (UN WOMEN) in working with UN member states, UN country teams and civil society to protect the rights of women and girls “to live free of fear and violence.” Also, the agreement has a road map for prevention and response, with 69 concrete actions to be taken by governments and other stakeholders.

Source: GMA News