Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

HRC 41 - EU General Comment: Accelerating efforts to eliminate violence against women: preventing and responding to violence against women and girls in the world of work

Geneva, 11/07/2019 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 190712_8
Statements on behalf of the EU

41st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva, 24 June – 12 July 2019 EU General Comment: Accelerating efforts to eliminate violence against women: preventing and responding to violence against women and girls in the world of work

Thank you, Mr. President,

 

I have the honor to make this statement on behalf of EU Member States who are members of the Council, it represents the views of all EU Member States.

 

We wish to reiterate the EU’s strong support for gender equality, women and girls’ full enjoyment of all human rights and the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against them.

 

The strong and balanced text we have before us today seeks to address the persisted, widespread and devastating phenomena of violence against women and girls in the world of work. A phenomenon that unfortunately, none of us are free from. We would like to thank Canada for their leadership in bringing this important issue to the attention of the Council, as well as for their transparent and constructive engagement with the European Union in negotiating this resolution.

 

The resolution provides clear guidance on the obligation of states when it comes to preventing and responding effectively to all forms of violence in the world of work, including sexual and gender based harassment and violence, both in the formal and informal sector. The initiative contributes to the creation of safe working environments, based on mutual respect and the key EU principles of non-discrimination and gender equality. It calls upon all of us to step up our efforts to enable the full, equal, effective and meaningful participation of women and girls in society, and recognizes the important role actors such as feminist groups, human rights defenders and social partners can play in this regard.  

 

As we all know, violence against women and girls is one of the most persistent human rights violations around the world. In the current climate, the rights of women and girls are increasingly under pressure. The EU would therefore like to reiterate that progress must not only be accelerated, but that achievements to date require preserving and safeguarding against any deterioration or backlash. This resolution contributes to that objective.

 

Mr. President,

 

We are pleased to support the resolution as presented by the main sponsor. We will therefore vote no to the presented amendments to the text, and call upon the other Council Members to do the same.

 

Full Council support for this resolution, as presented by Canada today, will send the unified message that this Human Rights Council is ready to take a strong stand against all forms of violence against women and girls, including in the World of Work.

 

Thank you.

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