RESOLUTION HRC 232

FORUM: HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

QUESTION OF: Measures to Eradicate Domestic Violence [Femicide]

SUBMITTED BY: Venezuela

CO-SUBMITTERS:Bangladesh, Chile, China, Egypt, Honduras, Iran, Latvia, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka.

STATUSRejected

Stressing that femicide involves the intentional murder of women for gender-based reasons; the identification of the victim as a female,

Alarmed by the fact that at least 5 million acts of domestic violence occur annually to women aged 18 years and older worldwide,

Deeply concerned by the fact that approximately 60,000 women on average are being killed violently around the world annually and the punishments for acts of violence to women and girls are not as strong as it should be,

Recognizing that domestic violence is one of the most common and least visible acts of violence,

Taking into consideration the huge consequences on many aspects of the lives of victims,

Reminding all Member States and Observer States that female members of the LGBTQIA+ community and women from disadvantaged religious and ethnic minorities also have the right to be protected from any kind of violence and femicides,

Recognizing the fact that 7% of women can participate in femicide due to what is believed to be internalized misogyny,  

  1. Strongly supports the formation of a court just for femicide cases named International Courts for Femicide (ICF), which will be legalized by the UN and open to all Member States and Observer States to join where:
    1. the court will adhere to the laws of a recently made declaration by the United Nations which will be made by taking the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the laws of P5 nations as its premise.  The court can monitor femicide cases around the globe and have the authority to take any case to ICF to be judged.  The court will judge any person with legal lack of approachability and separation, trustworthiness and honesty, legal autonomy, legal personality with modesty, and unbiasedness, and requests nations to place forward a representative for the court to ensure cases are thoroughly investigated;
    2. member and observer states will determine the appropriate punishment against perpetrators, according to their judiciary system and recognizing that femicide constitutes a first or second degree murder offense;
    3. more females into the police force are introduced to encourage women to speak up, and requests for thorough training for legal, administrative, police, and health staff in dealing with femicide cases;
    4. countries that have both secular legislation and a religious one such as but not limited to, Muslim countries, when the two legalizations contradict one another the country’s political leaders must compromise with the religious leader in order to come to a common ground which will benefit both sides;
  2. Invites all Member States and Observer States to form an international Women Shelter Institution (WSI) under the management of the United Nations in order to:
    1. Protect the survivors of femicide from their partners and seek a place to rest if necessary by:
      1. making registrations of survivors in the WSI database which will be established as medical/psychological documentation;
      2. create a non-hostile environment for them to recover from their mental and physical wounds;
      3. create a place to rest in case of the women not having a stable and safe place to stay;
    2. requests mental and physical health check-ups of victims as soon as they are registered in the WSI database, helping the victims to recover from any possible PTSD faster and prevent mental illnesses such as depression, madness, insanity, and having physical check-ups in case of an emergency;
    3. keep track of the women who have been registered into the database to protect them from future harm and help them out in their daily life if the recovery process wasn’t successful enough by:
      1. sharing the collected information of the women who are registered into the WSI database with the government officials and related UN organizations;
      2. creating a small council for women who have moved on from WSI protection to report back to in case of continuation of abuse towards that individual;
      3. using this data to create an anonymous platform secured by end to end encryption for victims to receive advice and emotional support from licensed therapists and recovered victims including services such as but not limited to possible information and resources for victims to report their cases, providing therapy on adjusting to life after being a victim to ensure the psychological wellbeing;
  3. Recommends the formation of a sub-organization under the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) named Women’s Rights and Femicide Inspection Division (WRFID) to inspect and collect data from all nations regarding women’s rights violations and femicide to:
    1. determine successful countries’ policies and spread their ideas to other nations as example cases which can be practiced by processing them through the UN;
    2. examine countries that intentionally overlook femicide cases and do not take necessary measures to decrease the rate of femicide and monetarily penalize their governments;
    3. Identify officials responsible for the stagnant negligence of femicide issues in countries examined from the previous subclause and constructively condemn certain practices and provide possible solutions as followed but not limited to:
      1. suggest potential WRFID collaboration projects
      2. provide UN personnel with relevant skill sets if needed
  4. Urges all countries’ national intelligence agencies and INTERPOL to work cooperatively to create a new, smart algorithm to find allies of femicide, websites, and social media posts, determine the publishers’ identities which can be used:
    1. as evidence in courts or directed to ICF to necessary actions to be taken;
    2. to make a brief search on the publishers’ search histories to find any possible connection to any allies of femicide groups or websites which can be also done by the police force of the country; 
  5. Supports the implementation of various programs, including media campaigns, seminars, educational curricula in order to raise awareness about women’s rights and femicides by:
    1. inviting international NGOs or bodies such as the UN Women to create brief, message-delivering advertisements which will include nation’s well-respected celebrities, etc. in a short video format be broadcasted during major and minor events which will aim to reach as many people as possible with the help of participating celebrities who will be promoting the advertisement on their social media account;
    2. preparing public announcements and information stalls, making a social media department of the city’s social office connected to the UN organization to use social media as efficient as possible due to social media being the new current information source of the twenty-first century in order to, share current news of femicide;
    3. spreading LGBTQAI+ awareness in schools, universities, and community centers through brochures, educational films, segment permanent topics in every school curriculum that lies in countries with standing anti-discriminatory laws.
  6. Urges member states to increase female economic independence through means such as, but not limited to:
    1. requesting monetary, infrastructural, or other aid from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank to:
      1. improve the quality and access to public services, infrastructure, transportation, and basic utilities by dedicating a specific economic sector to the development of women funded mainly by UN-Women and the CEDAW,
      2. implement any of the succeeding recommendations,
    2. raising awareness about the existence of commercial job opportunities for women by means such as, but not limited to:
      1. organizing communal assemblies and/or support groups to spark discussions about female involvement in the labor force and female empowerment
      2. including optional classes for males and females to take in schools to learn about future job opportunities and maintaining a safe household environment
      3. developing public education campaigns on the importance of women in the labor force and how women can join it
    3. implementing and reforming laws, by accepting monetary incentives, that would ensure financial equality, such as:
      1. requiring employers to offer maternity leave and sick leave for parents with ill children, in order to establish job opportunities for women
      2. ensuring family access to child care facilities such as infant centers, preschools, extended daycare facilities, and caregivers by subsidizing such facilities and providing discounts for dual-income families
      3. reforming laws that impose prohibitions on female inheritance and give male figures power over women’s economic activity, installing a yearly report of the evolution or regression of women’s economic independence in each member state, supervised and monitored UN-Women;