Joanna Manganara is the President of the International Alliance of Women, and a former Minister-Counselor for human rights at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The resolution on Protection of the Family tabled by a group of states at the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council is anti-family in nature
Women’s and feminist organizations should demand from politicians to move from commitments to accomplishments and take bold actions to embed women’s human rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality in every aspect of life so that we can transform our world and make it one based on peace, justice, human rights and gender equality.
Today according to the UN, 125 countries have specific laws that penalize domestic violence, a remarkable gain from just a decade ago. Nevertheless 35% of women world wide have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives.
Speech delivered on the 27th of November in Nicosia, Cyprus for an event organized by the Pancyprian Movement – Equal Rights- Equal Responsibilities on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
IAW calls for full support for a binding and comprehensive EU Strategy for equality between women and men from 2016 to 2020, and to reject any proposal which would not meet this aim.
EWL and IAW to Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Ms Foteini Kouvela,General Secretary for Gender Equality: Our democracies cannot afford to gear down or move back on women’s rights. There is no democracy without equality. And the EC is accountable for defending our core values.
Statement by the President of IAW