The annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is underway in New York City and CWA’s Dr. Janice Crouse is there to report.
Uganda, the nation that has led the world in the fight against AIDS and HIV infections with its abstinence-based program, is taking on a new challenge. The predominantly Christian nation is taking a biblical and cultural stand against the radical homosexual agenda. Dr. Janice Crouse, Senior Fellow and Director of the Beverly LaHaye Institute, shares more on this courageous action and the impact it will likely have on the sensibilities of some liberal westerners.
Negotiations intensify as U.N. Commission on the Status of Women nears end.
Thursday’s negotiating session on the draft of Agreed Conclusions for the track on “the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality” at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) had a little bit of the whole range from positive to negative, but it started out very ugly.
Delegates booed and hissed U.S. Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey when she proposed that references to mothers and motherhood be phrased in positive rather than in negative terms and that countries encourage media and other portrayals of mothers and motherhood in the same way.
Further, loud objections resulted each time Mrs. Sauerbrey took a stance against passages in the Beijing Platform for Action document that supported abortion and were overly intrusive (mandating the sharing of household responsibilities, etc). The United States stood alone in principled reservations about the Beijing document. (By forcing blanket approval and affirmation of the document, the Left is seeking to establish precedent for controversial passages, which are in the document with reservations from the more conservative nations, because the United Nations operates on the principle that once language is established it becomes standard operating policy thereafter.)
The assault on the language and issues was unrelenting – the delegates pounded on the same issues paragraph after paragraph, first from this direction and then from that! By 6:00 p.m. on Thursday night, the negotiations stopped for the evening (informal negotiations between delegations will go on long into the night), even though delegates had only worked through page 3 of the 6-page document and the conference ends tomorrow. No doubt, as usual, tonight and tomorrow night will be long ones, and it will be very ugly at the end as tempers flare and arms get twisted – very hard!
Having pointed out the “bad” aspects of the CSW, some positive developments need to be emphasized. Some of the “good” things that happened today include:
The draft document recommends that “consistent with freedom of expression,” the media, advertising and related professionals take effective measures “to combat the growing sexualization and use of pornography in media content” and that “men in the media refrain from presenting women as inferior beings and exploiting them as sexual objects and commodities. The draft encourages the media to avoid using technology for sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and trafficking in women and girls. Further, it encourages using modern technology for positively affecting girls’ lives by empowering them creatively and intellectually. At the outset, the document recognizes that men and boys, too, face discrimination and other barriers to personal, professional and family well-being. The document recognizes the need to “address the undervaluation of many types of work, abilities and roles associated with women.
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse and Wendy Wright are non-government organization (NGO) representatives to the United Nations from Concerned Women for America. Dr. Crouse is Senior Fellow of the Beverly LaHaye Institute. Miss Wright is Senior Policy Director responsible for international and life issues. They are in New York attending the 2004 sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women.
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Two representatives of Concerned Women for America, Wendy Wright, president, and Dr. Janice Crouse, senior fellow of CWA’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, are attending the 50th Session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women in New York on February 27 through March 10. Their reports follow.
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Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., senior fellow of Concerned Women for America’s (CWA’s) Beverly LaHaye Institute, will speak on March 3 at a panel presentation during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.
Titled “Data-Driven Social Policy: What Does Research Say is Really Best for Women,” the presentation also features Patrick Fagan of the Heritage Foundation and Sophie Aguirre, Ph.D., of Catholic University of America. Pia de Solenni, Ph.D., of Family Research Council, will introduce the speakers.
Dr. Crouse will present data illustrating how marriage benefits women, children and nations. She said, “Certain negative cultural transformations are inevitable and predictable from the breakdown of marriage, and they have profound ramifications for both people and public policies.”
The speakers will address delegates to the CSW, which meets February 28-March 11 at U.N. headquarters. This year’s Commission will include an appraisal of the Beijing Platform for Action and the Outcome Document, which were enacted at the CSW held in Beijing in 1995.
“The Beijing Platform for Action has had far more impact than it should have because former first lady Hillary Clinton was committed to seeing its provisions enacted in the United States and around the world,” said Dr. Crouse. “The Clinton administration set up task forces in all the federal agencies specifically to implement the Platform for Action.”
Sponsors of the panel are: The Heritage Foundation, Concerned Women for America, Red Familia, International Federation for Family Development, Family Research Council and Religious Freedom Coalition.
Dr. Crouse and Wendy Wright, CWA’s senior policy director, will represent CWA at the CSW as they lobby at the international level for pro-life and pro-family concerns. Miss Wright is heading up pro-life lobbying at the event. Dr. Crouse served previously as an official U.S. delegate to the 2002 Children’s Summit and the 2003 Commission on the Status of Women.