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Beijing Platform for Action, Paragraph 123 on Violence Against Women


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/12/21

123. In addressing violence against women, Governments and other actors should promote an active and visible policy of mainstreaming a gender perspective in all policies and programmes so that before decisions are taken an analysis may be made of their effects on women and men, respectively.

Beijing Declaration (1995)

The Beijing Declaration continues to provide insights into the phenomenon of violence against women and, in particular, the itemization of ways in which to catalog and deal with it, as provided by the international community.

Governments and other relevant actors become the emphasis or the scale of the suggested solutions here. If we look into the ways in which the, by analogy, structural adjustment programs did not include women in the considerations of the international community, and the ways this led to more horrors in making these social and economic transitions for women compared to men.

We can then also reflect on the negligence of much policy in the incorporation of a gendered lens. That is to say, there should be a focus on the ways that women tend to get a worse straw or stick in the global lottery of life, in time, in space, and in culture.

Women around the world tend to have a harder time and more barriers; in this sense, men tend to swim in water while women seem to swim in the muck of molasses to travel through this ordeal called life.

The mainstreaming of a gendered perspective can be an important part of the inclusion of women into the global conversation of rights, in particular, their own, and the ways in which violent acts tend to impact them more, including even in contexts of civilians caught in the crossfires of military actions and events.

With policies and programs set out for the benefit of the international community, one problem can be found in the forms of them oriented within the concerns more often afflicting women.

In this specific context, we’re speaking about the majority of violence in multiple spheres impacting women more, more brutally, and more consistently around the world as a cross-cultural phenomena, probably ranging from 1 in 5 to 2 in 5 women, dependent on region, experiencing some form of violence against them in their lifetime, e.g., sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner.

An analysis and set of policy recommendation set forth with the women of the world as the core concern would set the gendered lens within policy and programs as more viable, concrete, and, hopefully, less bound by dogmas of non-gendered lenses of priorm policies and programs.

–(Updated 2018-11-10) One can find similar statements in other documents, conventions, declarations and so on, with the subsequent statements of equality or women’s rights:

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Led by: Scott Douglas JacobsenTo the socio-political Right, a disclaimer; to the socio-political Left, a trigger warning: the subject matter may be disturbing or triggering for some listeners, speakers, or call members. The statistics on international violence against women is disproportionately more than violence against men. In turn, there is violence against women committed by women against women but more often by men against women. It is the statistical difference, which is the basis for the international emphasis on violence against women in multiple spheres rather than localized differences. Wednesday morning, we will speak on violence against women for one hour or so.


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