Equal Representation of Women and Men in all elected bodies of AMARC

Resolution
ASSEMBLEE AMARC 11
Accra, Ghana, jeudi 13 aout 2015

Equal Representation of Women and Men in all elected bodies of AMARC


Preamble

The human rights of women has come a long way since the World Conference of Women in Beijing in 1995; the Convention to erradicate, sanction and prevent violence against women, Belén do Parà, 1993; the Convention to Eradication all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), – the international instruments that acknowledge the rights of women.

These developments acknowleding women's rights are reflected in legislations across countries where violence against women are defined as crime, also over 90% of countries have approved therapeutic abortion, while many countries have legalized abortion. These laws ensuring equality have begun to show impact and have changed the notion of 'family' from a legal perspective.

Il y a des lois d'egalite qui commencent a etre apliquees, et d'autres on change la notion meme de la famille d'un point de vue legal.

Many countries have legislation to ensure women representation in politics.

A cultural change is taking place, women are no longer willing to be in a subordinate role, however, surveys reflect that women are still struggling to achieve equality across all aspects in the families and society. The changes emerge in most parts of the world and are being consolidated in favor of women's liberation in other parts.

The international system of human rights has contributed substantially to this development, but also the pressure from the civil society and of the women's movements, states in favour of change have also contributed.

Resolution:

Acknowledging the above and recognizing the important role that community radios in promoting and upholding women's rights, we, the participants of the WIN meeting at AMARC 11 hereby resolve the following:

First: The new AMARC International Board take measures to organize a WIN Conference with the goal to define the position of WIN in this new context.

Second: Ensure that in all the Executive Committees (including regional ECs) both genders – women and men, are equally represented, or atleast one third. .

Third: That WIN-Vice President will form part of the Executive Committees at regional and international level. While this change takes effect in the statutes we request the Executive Committees to invite the WIN-Vice Presidents to take part in the Executive Committee decisions.

Third: The new International Board and its Executive Committee and the Secretary General take the above into consideration and take necessary measures to create a Gender(Women's) Program with a paid WIN Coordinator.

Fifth:The new AMARC International Board take measures to organize a WIN Conference with the goal to define the position of WIN in this new context.

Sixth: Subject to ratification of the above resolutions, the AMARC International Board in dialogue with WIN AMARC amend the AMARC Statutes within their current elected tenure.