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


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/03/18

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:

l. Provide, as appropriate, women who have been determined refugees with access to vocational/professional training programmes, including language training, small-scale enterprise development training and planning and counselling on all forms of violence against women, which should include rehabilitation programmes for victims of torture and trauma; Governments and other donors should contribute adequately to assistance programmes for refugee women, other displaced women in need of international protection and internally displaced women, taking into account in particular the effects on the host countries of the increasing requirements of large refugee populations and the need to widen the donor base and to achieve greater burden-sharing;

Beijing Declaration (1995)

The 147th paragraph of the Beijing Declaration focuses on the forms of education available for women who happen to exist in some of these contexts of terror and precarity. When it comes to the transitioning of individuals and societies out of desperate circumstances, some of the more straightforward points of contact on the journey come in acknowledgement, in education, in planning programs, in providing metrics to measure the degrees to which these are continual issues for the affected populations, and so the communities can adjust the programs to better provide for the relevant needs of the affected women, whether refugees or generally displaced persons.

In section (l), the emphasis, appropriately, is on the vocational and the professional training programmes with an emphasis on language training. This one seems straightforward with the idea of the advancement of the language abilities of women to be able to access various relevant services in the area and to take part in the wider culture, including work and educational contexts.

Other important areas include the small-scale enterprise development training and planning in this ability to found a business or some small enterprise to, as per previous articles, become independent in some capacity. It is working towards financial independence. In this economic autonomy, a refugee woman can find a sense of self-efficacy and autonomous movement throughout the world.

Another important provision is counselling on all forms of violence against women. Where violence against women is a significant issue around the world, no doubt about it; however, an additional focus would be the emphasis on the knowledge about it, for the women – to notice this happening to them or happening to others around them.

As well, there are issues of rehabilitation for victims of these forms of violence. Violence is one issue. Recovery from the trauma of abuse is another one. All of the fallout from abuse, trauma, and the requisite need for a formal recovery procedure through rehabilitation is part and parcel of a civilized global society based on mutual sympathy and solidarity.

In the context of war, many women refugees and displaced persons can be subjected to various forms of formal torture in addition to various traumas. It becomes difficult to overcome. Imagine having everything stripped from you, being raped, being forcibly impregnated, reduced to an object, and then forced to leave one’s homeland and internal infrastructure of the state to support oneself, we come to an obvious acknowledgement of trauma within the society. It’s everything; all of it, everything is gone forever, then being demonized while trying to train, educate, and recover and rehabilitate while being traumatized in a number of wars.

The focus of (l) is the governmental and donor assistance in the efforts for dealing with the issues facing refugee women and displaced women, who would be “in need of international protection.” Some of the host countries who may demonize and neglect the refugee populations and displaced person; in fact, they would be neglecting the foundations of common humanity, the universality of human rights, and not taking up their share of the global or international problem of sharing the burden of women in terrible, awful, and desperate circumstances.

It incumbent upon international and national actors to – well – get their act together. It was a problem in 1995; it continues to be a problem now.

–(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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