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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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Every minute, a young woman is newly infected with HIV. As a result of their lower economic, socio-cultural status in many countries, women and girls are disadvantaged when it comes to negotiating safe sex, accessing HIV prevention information and services.
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Barbados' Parliamentarians came together across the political divide to bring attention to the cultural changes that are needed in order to continue to contain the spread of HIV virus and ensure the flourishing of life for all and in particular those especially affected by the virus.
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Policies and approaches for stemming and reversing the tide on HIV will have to have their basis in changing sexual norms. But there is need for a better understanding of these sexual norms, of attitudes and of sexual intentions and expressions.
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In trying to develop responsive HIV and AIDS prevention policy for the Caribbean taking into account gender and sexual culture, there needs to be a much greater awareness and understanding about sexuality as a matter that belongs in the public domain.
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On International Women’s Day March 8, 2011, women, men, boys and girls across the Caribbean region and the globe will reflect on the advancements made over the past century, where the role and value of women in society has improved to some extent and the day will be observed through a wide variety of events of celebration and advocacy.
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At the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, a new report by the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM (part of UN Women) and the ATHENA Network launched today highlights that despite international commitments