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Supported by OHCHR and UN Women, Bahamian government officials and CSOs benefit from training on Human Rights Treaty Reporting
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This inaugural issue of the Caribbean Regional Spotlight Initiative Newsletter highlights foundational elements established so far to ensure the success of the regional programme.
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The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Considered the most comprehensive blueprint on advancing women’s rights, the 1995 Beijing roadmap was adopted by 189 governments. But 20 years on, the commitments made are only partially fulfilled.
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Today, on this Human Rights Day, we celebrate the right of all people to make their voices heard and participate fully in public life. Yet the voices of too many women and girls continue to be stifled through discrimination, threats and violence. This is holding back progress for women and for all members of society.
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Individuals, non-governmental organizations, groups and networks are invited to submit written communications—including, but not limited to, complaints, appeals and petitions—to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with information on alleged injustices and human rights violations against women in any country.
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Continuing to treat women's rights as matters for the private sphere and therefore ""beyond the reach of the law"" remains the single biggest threat to women's progress.
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The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will open on 27 February at United Nations headquarters, focused on the theme of empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, sustainable development and current challenges.
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Women from Haitian organizations supported by UNWomen, MCFDF, KAY FANM, Fort Liberte and Port de Paix, gathered for an intensive training seminar in Croix de Bouquets.