We, the undersigned Civil Society Organisations, coordinated by the Associated Country Women of the World,
Call upon the gathered Ministers and representatives of Governments at the sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women to note the following points when finalising the Political Declaration on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women;
1. Women' rights are human rights, and as such it is critical that human rights are not removed from the document;
2. Agreed language must be protected as the consensus opinion of Member States, and is crucial to future progress;
3. It is necessary that future working methods include measures to make accountability and progress-tracking a reality;
4. Text such as “women and girls who experience multiple forms of discrimination have made the least progress” must be recognised as a form of victim-blaming, and removed from such documents. States Parties must acknowledge their own responsibility for future progress. With reference to the end of the first paragraph 6, we would suggest replacing the text with “women and girls who experience multiple forms of discrimination have seen the least progress”.
Submitted with respect for your consideration by...