RESOLUTION

FORUM: HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

QUESTION OF: Measures to eradicate domestic violence (femicide)

SUBMITTED BY: Singapore

CO-SUBMITTERS:Angola, Burundi, Denmark, Eritrea, Estonia, Gabon, Guatemala, Holy See, ITALY, Kenya, Mauritania, Namibia, Nicaragua, Somalia, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Uganda, UN-Women, UNESCO, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

STATUSSubmitted

Recognizing  that the Universal Human Rights Declaration states that domestic violence is a violation of the physical integrity and protection of a woman,

 

Concerned about the increase rates of femicide and domestic violence in the COVID-19,

 

Endorses organisations that work with survivors and victims of domestic abuse, as well as assisting them emotionally, physically and financially,

 

Expressing its appreciation for sustainable development goal 5 designed by the United Nations, pertaining to gender equality,

 

Recalls Resolution 68/191 adopted in March 2014 that is aimed at ‘Taking action against gender-related killing of women and girls,

 

Concerned that violence against women is an obstacle to achieving equality, development and peace, as acknowledged by the Women’s Advocacy Committee,

Emphasizing femicide encompasses a wide range of social, economic, sexual orientation and gender-identity issues,

Encourages countries to fund education in schools surrounding the topic of femicide through ‘Personal, Social, Health and Economic’ lessons,

Acknowledging that femicide occurs because the continuum of violence against women continues to be accepted, tolerated, and justified,

Further recalling the international treaty of The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly,

 

Concerned about the fact that people in LEDC’s don’t have equal access to education because of the short number supplies,

 

  1. Encourages all Member and Observer States to join the Equal Education (EE) committee under the UNHRC with the intention of formulating a convention for creating a global standard for education that includes topics to emphasize the value of women inside the societies and equal human rights, which will: 
    1. be a guideline for every Member and Observer State to follow while strengthening their education system, and implementing aforementioned topics into their own education systems
    2. be important for the next generations in order for them to be educated about the value of women inside the societies and the falseness of femicide and domestic violence which will: 
      1. be a step forwards in order to solve the topics at hand
      2. lower the domestic violence and femicide rates in the future
    3. be monitored in the signatory countries by the EE committee for: 
      1. checking whether the articles inside the convention are implemented in signatory Member and Observer States’ education systems
      2. getting feedback from the Member and Observer States to add amendments into the convention in the future if necessary
      3. controlling the reliability of the convention in countries with traditional societies,
    4. reinforce the necessity for all Member and Observer nations to provide to every student before the age of 18 classes (minimum 2 hours per year starting from the age of 10) including but not limited to:
      1. Education on consent, non-violent communication, the mechanisms of violence and manipulation in a relationship, verbal harassment in a relationship, how to identify it and how to react if one witnesses harassment, genital mutilations and gynecological violence, different institutions and organizations present locally to contact in case of domestic violence, why denouncing domestic violence with the victim’s consent is important 
      2. Equal participation in school activities, equal chances in all sports
      3. Separate classes and opportunities to provide a safe space for women and girls to share their stories and relate to each other while still having co-ed classes in order to have the opportunity to deconstruct societal and gendered roles together
    5. be discussed every year in a selected city in a selected Member States by the UNHRC, in order to discuss the global effects of the convention and for Member and Observer States to submit their amendments to the convention which will be furtherly voted upon within the EE in order to add it inside the convention
    6. Create a specific UN fund to allocate resources to LEDCs in order to help them implement these measures;
  2. Invites all Member and Observer States to start an international campaign supported by the UNHRC which will be called Protecting Value of People (PVP) with the intention of putting an end to objectifying women, objectifying being defined as sexualization and degradation of women, and familiarizing femicide and domestic violence in all media forms, this campaign will:
    1. promote education via/for social media and empowerment of women through:
      1. Also more centered for children rather than adults. Teenagers majority? 
      2. enforce the 26th article of the Declaration of Human Rights to preserve everyone’s right to education;
    2. by firstly working on increasing awareness about the aforementioned topics by, 
      1. creating conferences and seminars
      2. Publishing news about the topic with credible data
    3. invite all Member and Observer States to condemn all media platforms that let content including the aforementioned topics be published, also: 
      1. creating media policies that will create a media that is conscious of these problems
      2. banning media platforms if they do not stop after the condemnation by the government and UNHRC for inappropriate content  
      3. further invite media platforms to encourage content that supports equal rights
    4. send groups of people selected by the UNHRC, that include women celebrities, human rights experts, and more to areas of high femicide and domestic violence rates with the intention of directing the global attention to the areas to make more people understand the seriousness of the matter at hand;
  3. Requests all Member and Observer States to take the necessary legislative and legal measures to strengthen their laws for the punishments and consequences of the people who commit femicide or act of domestic violence by criminalizing femicide and domestic violence by making them legal offenses, and increasing the time and severity of punishments, creation of an obligatory indemnisation determined during the trial and paid by the aggressor to the victim, mandatory therapy for the aggressor and giving the option to give testimony to woman officers for the crimes aforementioned;
  4. Further encourages all Member and Observer States to work collaboratively with the Ensuring Women’s Independence (EWI) committee which will be working towards giving women a chance to be socially and economically independent from their family, by: 
    1. increasing their general life quality by: 
      1. increasing the quality of public services, infrastructures and public transport 
      2. supporting the young parents with child care
      3. helping with child care in case of an illness by creating a budget for these specific people who needs help from the government and EWI
    2. creating job opportunities for women near the SCW’s for them to gain their own economical independence
    3. increasing awareness for these systems in order to: 
      1. inform women about them having a chance to gain financial independence
      2. give a chance to women for them to live in a safe environment they choose to live in;
  5. Further invites all Member States to join the Equality in Traditional Societies(ETS) which will be directed by the UNHRC with the main intention of creating viable solutions for femicide and domestic violence in the traditional societies, by: 
    1. forming research groups within the country with experts in the areas of culture, femicide, and more which will be determined by the UNHRC, in order to:
      1. understand a culture and formulate different ways to approach to the topics at hand
      2. give feedback about the measures taken by the government and UNHRC in order to decrease the femicide and domestic violence rates in the areas
    2. find viable solutions to implement the measures taken within important conferences and conventions like Fourth World Conference on Women and Istanbul Convention, slowly in time in order for societies: 
      1. to acclimate to the new measures and accept them over time 
      2. understand the importance of these measures 
      3. see the effects of these measures in women’s lives 
    3. increasing the attention on the implementations done by the other countries and NGO’s by: 
      1. creating seminars and conferences in order for people to understand the implementations for decreasing the femicide and domestic violence rates
      2. educating the public about the value and identity of women inside the society;
  6. Encourages all Member States collaborate with other governments and UN WOMEN to allow and contribute to creating centers that are called Support Centers for Women (SCW) that will be for women who experience domestic violence which will have the main intention of giving a chance for the victims of the aforementioned crimes to stay by themselves or with their children for a time frame that will be created by the SCW’s, and they will: 
    1. be centered in the areas with high rates of domestic violence and femicide in the Member States that will be determined by the UNHRC
    2. be consisting of psychologists, doctors, and more experts which will be 
      1. determined by UNHRC by getting help from the NGO’s in collaboration with the UN
      2. in order to help the victims suffering from domestic violence both physically and psychologically 
      3. helping women to relax and rest via sports facilities or areas to find hobbies
      4. managing a hotline that will be trying to help the victims of aforementioned crimes for short periods of time by giving short therapy sessions over the phone call by the experts in the help centers, and will have a strict privacy policy that will protect the information given by the victim
    3. be monitored via OHCHR and its subcommittees, in order for these help centers to fulfill their purposes which are:
      1. understanding and treating the victims effectively
      2. create a safe environment where people can come and have their treatment.