So with all of those statements, here is what the Ecumenical Women are asking for:
Realizing governments’ essential role in addressing the issues we have identified, we urge member states to:
– Partner with civil society in conducting awareness and educational campaigns about gender discrimination and gender based violence in all its forms.
– Recognize women’s contributions and promote equality for women as active and equal decision makers.
– Oppose all forms of gender based stereotyping, discrimination, oppression and violence.
– Eradicate cultural practices that perpetuate violence against women and girls.
– Reduce the gaps in political parity and representation and work towards great inclusion of women in decision making, leadership, and representation in governing structures.
– Create and enforce laws by which women are guaranteed equal pay for equal work.
– Increase women’s and girls’ access to education, especially for rural and minority populations, so that women and girls might contribute their full potential and skills in their communities, have increased confidence, and be assisted to better face challenges arising from contact with male dominated enterprises.
– Provide training to police, medical staff, teachers and school administrators and others who may encounter victims of violence to recognize that violence, provide education on local and national laws and make reporting of abuse obligatory.
– Increase funding for victim support programs that especially address the needs of rural and minority populations.
– Work towards education and access to full reproductive health provisions, including contraception, disease prevention, and family planning.
– Eliminate transportation constraints that prevent women in rural areas from accessing basic resources that would enable them to participate in local, regional and international economies.
– Train law enforcement personnel regarding the prevalence and appropriate serious response to reports of domestic violence especially within indigenous populations, as well as minorities and the poor.
– Increase access to information, law enforcement and court systems, medicine, food, water, education and other services in rural and isolated areas.
I am going to start packing tonight…we’ll see how this goes. In related news, I made it into the local news 🙂 http://parsippany.patch.com/articles/un-conference-on-women-s-issues-to-include-local-woman