세계여성의 날 / 2013년 3월 8일
약속은 약속이다: 여성 폭력을 끝내기 위한 행동에 나서야 할 때
2013년 3월 8일 세계여성의 날을 맞이하여, 세계YWCA는 다음과 같은 성명서를 발표하고 전세계 120여개 YWCA 회원국에게 함께 행동함을 촉구했다.
세계YWCA는 여성과 소녀들에게 가해지는 잔혹한 폭력에 대항하고, 이를 근절하고자 세계 70개가 넘는 나라에서 활동을 펼치고 있다. 세계여성의 날을 맞이하여 세계 여성단체 및 관련기구들과 함께 세계여성의 날을 축하하는 한편, 여성폭력에 대한 경각심을 고취하고, 심각성을 알리고자 다음과 같이 성명서를 발표하였다.
아래는 성명서 내용의 요약이다.
세계YWCA는 전 세계 정부들에게 여성폭력을 종결짓고, 인권을 보호하고자 다음과 같이 요구한다.
1. 법, 정책, 행정적 강화를 통하여 아동강제결혼폐지를 위한 모든 수단을 강구하라
2. 젊은 여성들이 자신의 성적이고 재생산적인 건강과 권리를 올바로 알 수 있도록 정확한 정보를 제공하라.
3. 여성폭력관련 주창운동과 인권을 기반으로 한 사회적 인식개혁 프로그램을 확산하라.
4. 유엔안보리결의문 1325호를 충실히 이행하여 전쟁과 폭력, 분쟁 지역 등에서 여성의 안전을 확보하라
세계YWCA는 현재 120개가 넘는 나라, 2만 2천개의 공동체에서 2천 5백만명의 여성, 소녀들과 함께 일하고 있습니다. 세계YWCA 운동은 160년의 역사를 통해 여성폭력대처와 생존자 지원에 많은 경험을 가지고 있습니다.
아래는 성명서 원문의 전문이다.
International Women's Day - Statement
World YWCA 08/03/2013 12:08 am
A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women
As the international community meets for the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) from March 4-15, 2013, where Member States representatives will discuss the advances they have made in the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls, the World YWCA joins women's groups worldwide to celebrate the progress made over the decades since the first international Women’s Day and to look towards the important actions that still need to take place to ensure the improvement of the lives and security of women worldwide.
Since the first quarter of the 20th century the World YWCA has pushed for women’s rights, documented the reality of their lives, lobbied global policies on women’s empowerment and gender equality. This commitment would not have become reality without the courage and determination of the many women across the globe who form the YWCA movement. This day is about honouring these women and thanking them for the extraordinary role they have played and are still playing in the history of their countries and communities.
But there is another facet to the March 8 celebration, and while the World YWCA is proud of the significant progress already made on women’s rights and gender equality, when we reflect on this year's theme of the day – violence against women – we are reminded that much work lies ahead to achieve true gender equality. While the World YWCA makes its own contributions through programmes on violence against women and peace with justice in more than 70 countries, the movement continues to call for accountability and commitment towards actions that allow women to exercise their rights to freedom from violence .
We need to do more for the security and the full enjoyment of women’s rights because it is a recognised fact supported by shocking statistics that millions of women, young women and girls everywhere in the world suffer each year from all forms of violence.
It is a recognised fact that child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation violate the rights of women and girls. Harmful traditional practices deny girls and young women their sexual and reproductive rights, limit their education and increase their vulnerability to violence. About 140 million girls, young women and women worldwide are currently suffering from the consequences of FGM and each year over 60 million girls are forced into marriage before the age of 18. While culture and religion play an important role in women’s lives, the World YWCA believes that their lives must be reclaimed and advocates for the support of basic human rights.
It is a recognised fact that violence against women, young women and girls increases their vulnerability to HIV, and living with HIV increases their vulnerability to violence. Universal access to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support is vital to strengthen the response to violence against women.
It is a recognised fact that equality and opportunity remain out of reach for too many women around the world. Gender inequality should be recognized as a root cause of violence against women and girls, combined with an imbalance of power relations between men and women, and women’s lack of ownership and control over resources.
It is a recognised fact that women are among the most affected by armed conflict in very specific ways, including sexual violence. Every day the world witnesses the devastating consequences of armed conflict for women and girls. The current painful experience of women in many countries shows that this needs to be addressed urgently as a human rights, health, peace and security, and development issue.
Therefore, the World YWCA calls on governments around the world to move from policy to practice in the implementation of existing national, regional and global commitments related to ending violence against women and to protecting human rights; in particular, we call on governments to:
1. Strengthen and implement legal, policy, administrative and other measures to end child, early and forced marriage in a single generation by 2030 by naming the eradication of child, early and forced marriage as a key indicator in the post-2015 development agenda
2. Provide appropriate information to help young women understand their sexuality, including their sexual and reproductive health and rights, in order to increase their ability to protect themselves from violence against women, HIV infection and sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy.
3. Strengthen advocacy and rights-based awareness-raising programmes directed at eliminating all forms of violence and discrimination against girls by engaging girls and boys, parents and families, local community, political, religious and traditional leaders and educational institutions, and provide adequate financial support to efforts at both national and local levels to change behaviour, stereotyped attitudes and harmful practices.
4. Strengthen efforts towards full implementation of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security in occupation, conflict, post-conflict, and militarised settings, and affirm that rape in conflict situations is recognised as a war crime.
Present in over 120 countries, in 22,000 communities and with an outreach of 25 million women and girls, the World YWCA movement has nearly 160 years of experience in community interventions on violence against women, and is currently supporting survivors of violence to rebuild their lives and dignity in more than 70 countries globally.
 Statement by the World YWCA to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women – 57th Session