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Paragraph 143(c) – Beijing Platform for Action. Chapter IV: Strategic Objectives and Actions


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/08/08

Strategic objective E.2.

Reduce excessive military expenditures and control the availability of armaments

Actions to be taken

143. By Governments:

c. Take action to investigate and punish members of the police, security and armed forces and others who perpetrate acts of violence against women, violations of international humanitarian law and violations of the human rights of women in situations of armed conflict;

Beijing Declaration (1995)

Paragraph 143 deals with military expenditures and the actions of government entities, of governments and associated institutions. The call for the reduction in the military expenditures of the world can be problematic because governments have placed a specific portion or an apportionment of the military expenditure on the “things we want” list.

It takes consistent and firm demands on the part of the international community to make commitments themselves and to pressure other governments, from the international level, for the reduction of the military expenditures around the world. One of the big problems is the ways in which this can be ignored if a country is obstinate or powerful enough.

However, for the improvement in the livelihoods of women, there will need to be examinations of the crimes of police, security, and armed forces, even the United Nations has been called out in some recent incidences of sexual assaults and rapes by personnel set with peaceful tasks. Other acts or perpetrations of violence against women should be dealt with, but through the rule of law and actions of the governments – as per this call. A relatively straightforward paragraph for this one.

–(Updated 2018-11-10, only use the updated listing, please) 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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