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RCOG statement on the outcome of the Commission on the Status of Women

News 19 March 2013

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) welcomes the agreement by Member States at the 57th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to declare an end to violence against women and girls.

The theme at the year’s session was ‘Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls’. Topics discussed included gender equality and the role of women as carers.

The RCOG commends the advocacy by DFID in ensuring that this issue remains a priority in all its international development work.

RCOG Senior Vice President (Global Health) Professor James Walker said “High profile news reports from around the world about the appalling levels of aggression and violence shown towards women recently makes this proposed declaration very timely. We look forward to its imminent announcement.

“This declaration shows wide support around the world to end coercive behaviours towards women and improve female empowerment. But such acts of violence do not occur merely as a result of poverty or in war zones. We must understand that issues like female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour-based violence may be confined to certain communities but they impact on society as a whole.

“It isn’t acceptable to ignore these problems and we must work with other colleagues in health and social care to ensure that women feel secure so they can achieve good physical and mental wellbeing.”

Click here to view the CSW57 webpages.

Statement by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.