LETTER DATED 20 OCTOBER 2017 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF MYANMAR TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
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5.2 Gender equality
Myanmar is working hard to put gender equality and women’s empowerment at
the heart of our national development. (...) The division between the
two communities is so deeply wedged that there seems to be a race to get an advantage
against each other by turning the situation into more than what it should have been.
(...) There are fears and mistrusts between the two groups incited by many
internal and external factors while there was also a sense of urgency to take advantage
of the current international and domestic political narratives and opportunities to push
forward their cause.
LETTER DATED 14 SEPTEMBER 2016 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF CHINA TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
We also support policies that encourage firms of all sizes, in particular women and youth entrepreneurs,
women-led firms and SMEs, to take full advantage of global value chains (GVCs), and that encourage greater
participation, value addition and upward mobility in GVCs by developing countries, particularly low-income
countries (LICs).We welcome the B20’s interest to strengthen digital trade and other work and take note of it’s
initiative on an Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP).
31. (...) We pledge to enhance policy coherence on sustainable development and reaffirm our commitment to further
align our work with the universal implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis
Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development, based on the comparative advantage and the added value of the
G20 and in accordance with our national circumstances, while acknowledging that the global follow-up and review
of the 2030 Agenda is a UN-led process.
UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW : INFORMATION PRESENTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
Recommendations called on Australia to establish, or consider establishing, a
23 UPR Rec 93.
24 For example, Norway and Switzerland.
25 For example, UPR Rec 54 and UPR Rec 55.
26 These reforms will ‘require large employers to report on gender equality outcomes, including the
gender composition of their organisations and their boards, pay equity, and on the availability of
flexible work arrangements for men and women.’ (...) A positive development in this area since the UPR was the creation of new
guidelines that will remove difficulties faced by sex and/or gender diverse people in
obtaining passports that reflect their affirmed sex.32
37. (...) See Human Rights Council, Draft Report of the Working
Group on the Universal Periodic Review, UN Doc A/HRC/WG.6/10/L.8 (3 February 2011).
31 UPR Rec 70.
32 Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, ‘Getting a passport made easier for sex and gender diverse
people’, (Media Release, 14 September 2011).
PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS, CIVIL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT :WRITTEN SUBMISSION BY THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE PHILIPPINES : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
Children are facing increasing threats to their safety and wellbeing, which
include mistreatment, gender-based violence, exploitation, social exclusion, and separation
from caregivers because of lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
(...) However, Philippine National Police (PNP) data shows that there was a decrease in
reported gender-based abuse and violence during the first months of lockdown.
4. CHR is of the position that these problems should be approached holistically by
changing people’s behavior through integrating internet literacy, sex education and
streamlining child- and gender sensitivity orientation in the basic education curriculum and
other information drive efforts.
IDENTICAL LETTERS DATED 7 SEPTEMBER 2021 FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ADDRESSED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL
Joint Programmes (23) were a rising
feature of the collaboration, including on gender-based violence and family violence
prevention. (...) The Caribbean School Safety In itiative was an
instrument towards building human capital but due to the pandemic education, health,
gender equality and inclusion objectives were not met and had been highly
compromised. (...) The
meeting underscored the highest importance of working towards achieving gender
equality and youth and children development while addressing income inequality and
low participation of women in the labour force and in politics.
REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE ISSUE OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN IN LAW AND IN PRACTICE : ADDENDUM
Law N. 5- XVI did not stipulate procedures for submitting and examining
complaints of sex and gender-based discrimination. Notwithstanding, the Working Group
was informed of two cases of gender-based discrimination brought to court by civil society
organizations. (...) With regard to employment, article 8 of the Labour Code of 2003 prohibits any
direct or indirect discrimination against the employee on the basis of, inter alia, gender.
Article 10 also stipulates the obligation of employers to ensure equal pay for equal work,
and article 128 proscribes, inter alia, gender discrimination in the amount and payment of
wages. (...) Executive-level bodies are complemented by Gender Councils, which were
established by the Government in 2010.
LETTER DATED 16 JUNE 2008 FROM THE CHARGÉ D'AFFAIRES A.I. OF THE PERMANENT MISSION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
It is a mistake to assume that
gender analysis/women’s protection will come “instinctively” to soldiers trained in
war-fighting. (...) As one speaker put it, political guidance must be
deeper than the directive: “Do something, General!”
• Gender-sensitive conflict assessments are required to identify threats of sexual
violence and inform deployment planning and resourcing. (...) This also requires
a gender/age-disaggregated assessment of the root causes of violence against different
demographic groups (poverty; dependence; the resurgence of harmful traditional
practices; drug/alcohol use, etc)
LETTER RECEIVED ON 22 JUNE 2021 FROM THE CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES OF THE PERMANENT MISSION OF ERITREA TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA ADDRESSED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
present response focuses specifically on the allegations relating to the absence of the rule of
law; Gender-based violence (GBV); non-fulfillment of reforms; national service and forced
labor; and international cooperation.
Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
13. Eritrean women’s revered role in society has been the subject of many objective
studies and books examining both their inimitable contribution to the struggle for liberation
as well as their equal participation in national service and national development projects. (...) In general, an overwhelming focus and effort by the Government is to consolidate the
substantial progress and achievements in gender equality, mainstreaming, and empowerment.
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS, ESPECIALLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN, JOY NGOZI EZEILO : ADDENDUM
This is mainly owing to the
socio-economic conditions prevailing in different parts of the country, which have as
underlying factors growing poverty, youth unemployment, gender inequalities,
discrimination and gender-based violence, especially of women and girls. (...) At the provincial level, either
provincial/city/municipal IACATs, chaired by Local Chief Executives, or Provincial
Gender and Development Offices, constitute the structure involved in anti-trafficking
efforts. (...) The Special Rapporteur visited the Haven in Manila, which provides assistance and
shelter to adult women in disadvantaged situations, namely victims of gender-based
violence or those vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, and adult trafficked women.
REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE USE OF MERCENARIES AS A MEANS OF VIOLATING HUMAN RIGHTS AND IMPEDING THE EXERCISE OF THE RIGHT OF PEOPLES TO SELF-DETERMINATION ON ITS MISSION TO THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
Many pastoralists come from neighbouring
countries, like Chad, to take advantage of better grazing fields and water supply in the
Central African Republic. (...) Other organizations had had to reduce their presence in areas where life-saving
activities were provided to the civilian population.20 This had set back the humanitarian
efforts to help the local population, with real costs to human lives.
Sexual and gender-based violence
63. One of the most disturbing trends of human rights violations in the past conflicts
and currently has been the widespread use of sexual and gender against the civilian
population. (...) The lack of psychosocial support
offered to scores of victims of sexual and gender-based violence, combined with the
accompanying stigma, had made recovery for survivors extremely difficult, in those cases
where it was even possible.