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Beijing Platform for Action. Paragraph 148(b)


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/07/20

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

148. By Governments:

b. Protect women and children who migrate as family members from abuse or denial of their human rights by sponsors and consider extending their stay, should the family relationship dissolve, within the limits of national legislation.

Beijing Declaration (1995)

Paragraph 148(b) sticks to the national levels with the emphasis on governments and responsibility to the people. Emphases placed here include women and children, women and children are often tied together in stipulations; this may relate to longstanding cultural trends and/or historical precedents in terms of the primary caretaking responsibilities and vulnerable sectors in societies. Men run most societies, i.e., exist as de facto patriarchies to various degrees with different manifestations.

Regarding women and children in refugee contexts, the importance here is a recollection of the ill-treatment of refugees in general via rights abuse or denial of rights, and then the life outcomes based on this. Bearing in mind, we’re talking about 21 million. That’s a lot of people. Many of these people have families alive and extended families. The protection is for those who are travelling as refugee family members escaping abuse or the rights-denial.

In some contexts, there can be a sponsor for individuals who are living in risky situations and need support – support that they could not have or would not garner through some extended mechanism. With a sponsor or with an extended stay, there could be good reason for this. One could easily be the dissolution of a relationship with the family based on the “limits of national legislation.”

Refugees face many harrowing and hard choices because of the precarious status with respect to the individual to the nation-state and as an individual living without the same actualized rights – and, therefore, protections and privileges – of others who living in many of these societies and have the stability of place and culture, and relations, to rely upon for a sense of self and community.

The protection of women, as primary caregivers in most contexts, becomes a protection of children and, thus, a means by which to implement rights for women and for children in the same clip. Paragraph 148(b) exemplifies this to some degree.

(Updated 2020-07-07, 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:


Strategic Aims

Celebratory Days

Guidelines and Campaigns

Women and Men Women’s Rights Campaigners


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