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Womens Issues

Women Empowerment

“Girls are abused. Mothers are abused. Women are seen as the most vulnerable, and this is our problem. If women can elevate their sense of empowerment and show cast this strength to their communities and the greater global sphere, we can eradicate many miseries from our world, and greatly reduce violence towards women.”

Women: a disenfranchised gender, often subjected to violence and injustice in various forms, whether sexual domestic, physical or psychological. The World Health Organization (WHO) has found that nearly 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced some form of harm perpetuated by their partners, while nearly 38% of murders of women were committed by an intimate partner. Such a trend of violence against women remains entrenched in communities around the world.

Women with disabilities also experience higher rates of gender-based violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. Being a victim of rape remains highly stigmatized in many conservative nations, and even without overt phyical harm, women still face multiple barriers to participation within their local communities. They are often the targets of condescension and discrimination, the culmination of various cultural and communal factors that combine to deny women access to healthcare, work, shelter and human digity.

Progress has slowly been made, both via UN resolutions and various international agreements:

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (December 1979):
Establishing the fundamental rights of women against discrimination

UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (February 1994):
Reaffirming the need to combat violence against women

Security Council Resolution 1325 (October 2000):
The seminal resolution establishing the Interagency Taskforce on Women, Peace and Security

Commission on the Status of Women (2010-2016):
The most recent commission by the United Nations in order to re-evaluate the extent of its achievement towards the goal of gender equity

Commission On The Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (hereafter referred to as “CSW” or “the Commission”) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide. See UFMEP side events below:

CSW60 (2016)

CSW59 (2015)

CSW58 (2014)

CSW57 (2013)

CSW56 (2012)

CSW55 (2011)

CSW54 (2010)

CSW53 (2009)

CSW52 (2008)

CSW51 (2007)

CSW50 (2006)

CSW49 (2005)

The USFMEP remains committed to gender equality, and believes that women have and will continue to play a key role within communities in the Middle East. The involvement of women in conflict resolution and the elevation of their status within Middle Eastern Societies, and increasing the awareness of women’s issues throughout the international community, remains two of the Federation’s core objectives. In addition, the USFMEP continues to promote dialogue between the United States and the Middle East in pursuit of these goals.

To learn more about recent USFMEP events pertaining to women empowerment, click on the links below:

Stocholm Conference: Role of Immigrant Women Towards International Peace

Annual Conference for the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey-2005

Women's Issues in The Middle East

GA 68 Panel on Traditional Values-Culture-Womens Rights

First Ladies Forum on Education

IAWJ's 12th Biennial International Conference in Tanzania in May 2014!