Campaign Updates:

Africa Liberal Network 13th General Assembly
Nairobi, Kenya
22-25 March 2017

Proposed Declaration for Adoption:
Nairobi Declaration on Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women

The member parties of the ALN undertake to work and promote, through cooperation with Liberal International (LI) and its member parties, the LI Human Rights Committee, and other global and regional institutions, towards the fulfillment of these commitments by all state institutions across Africa. In particular we identify the following as key priorities for political action:
1. Recognising that the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence is the most far-reaching legally binding international instrument addressing violence against women both as a form of discrimination and a human rights violation and as such can serve as a guiding principle for all relevant national and regional legislation.

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61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

13-24 March 2017

Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and to the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”.

Statement submitted by Liberal International, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.

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violence against women in politics is an issue for everyone dedicated to promoting strong, inclusive and democratic societies:

  • Political violence can be experienced by both men and women, yet the specific issue of violence against women in politics has distinct characteristics.
  • Violence against politically active women:
    – targets women because of their gender.
    – can be gendered in its very form, as exemplified by sexist threats and sexual violence.
    – discourages women in particular from being or becoming politically active, and therefore undermines the integrity of democratic processes.

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  • Women’s individual rights are protected under the framework of international norms and standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which defines “human rights” in terms of the “dignity and worth of the human person”, including the “equal rights of men and women”