Economic and Social Council

WOM/1902


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Commission on the Status of Women

Fifty-sixth Session

166h Meeting (AM)

AS SESSION DRAWS TO CLOSE, COMMISSION ON STATUS OF WOMEN REDIES ACTION ON HOST

 

OF CONCERNS, INCLUDING RELEASE OF WOMEN HOSTAGES, INDIGENOUS WOMEN'S NEEDS

 

Meeting this morning on the penultimate day of its fifty-sixth annual session, the Commission on the Status of Women heard introductions of a number of draft texts — tackling topics ranging from the particular needs of indigenous women to the release of women and children hostages — on which the body was expected to take action tomorrow.

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The representative of Algeria then introduced, on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China, a draft resolution entitled “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women” (document E/CN.6/2012/L.2).  By that draft text, the Council, deploring the dire economic and social conditions of Palestinian women and girls in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, would reaffirm that the Israeli occupation remained the major obstacle for Palestinian women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in their society’s development.

Among other provisions of that wide-ranging text, the Council would call on the international community to provide urgently needed assistance in an effort to alleviate the dire humanitarian crisis facing Palestinian women and their families, and to help in the reconstruction of relevant Palestinian institutions.  It would also demand that Israel, the occupying Power, comply fully with the provisions and principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the regulations annexed to the Hague Convention IV of 1907, the Geneva Convention and other relevant rules, principles and instruments of international law.

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