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Beijing Platform for Action. Chapter IV Paragraph 147(j)


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/03/16

Strategic objective E.5.

Provide protection, assistance and training to refugee women, other displaced women in need of international protection and internally displaced women

Actions to be taken

147. By Governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other institutions involved in providing protection, assistance and training to refugee women, other displaced women in need of international protection and internally displaced women, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme, as appropriate:

j. Promote the self-reliant capacities of refugee women, other displaced women in need of international protection and internally displaced women and provide programmes for women, particularly young women, in leadership and decision-making within refugee and returnee communities;

Beijing Declaration (1995)

Okie dokie, Beijing Declaration casual, colloquial commentary on Paragraph 147(j), the same scope as some of the ones coming before. The emphasis should be on the issues of reduction in the necessity of external systems for the women refugees and displaced persons. In that, self-reliant, autonomous women are more empowered women, by implication, in terms of taking charge of their destinies and not having to rely on some external national or international supports.

However, as in any time of crisis, or terror, a displaced or refugee woman can be in deep need to some degree. With some ongoing issues around displacement, the infrastructure supports from the international community continue to be crucial to the lives of so many women suffering from the ill-effects of displacement. Also, this can be intergenerational at this point with the impacts on young women.

One of the ways to reduce the levels of the intergenerational negative effects faced by refugee and displaced women is the improvement of the conditions of leadership capacity and spaces for women. Women have unique concerns; refugee and displaced women will have specific concerns and experiences to call on when working to making the appropriate changes.

When we look at the forms of recommended leadership, wisely, they pointed to the refugee and returnee communities. And why not? These women would have the relevant expertise and personal experience for dealing with some of these longstanding, though improving issues. In fact, this is part of a larger and longer fight for the improved status of women in a number of contexts, including in the domain of leadership and decision-making.

A better representation of the normal population can better cover the concerns of the general public’s point of view. In so doing, we bring forth more precisely defined and comprehensive solutions. Why would this be any different, when it comes to the contexts for refugee women and displaced women and then the placement of them in appointments of leadership?

–(Updated 2020-03-07, only use the updated listing, please) Not all nations, organizations, societies, or individuals accept the proposals of the United Nations; one can find similar statements in other documents, conventions, declarations and so on, with the subsequent statements of equality or women’s rights, and the important days and campaigns devoted to the rights of women and girls too:Documents

Strategic Aims

Celebratory Days

Guidelines and Campaigns

Women and Men Women’s Rights Campaigners


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