CSW 57 adopted a 17 page blue print to combat violence against women

Michelle Bachelet, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of UN Women  in her closing statement to CSW 57 said  “It has been an intensive past two weeks. We have witnessed one of the highest levels of participation from Member States, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, and colleagues from the United Nations.”  Read more

Background on the more controversial areas are outline in this article from the Washington Post

Toward the end of her statement Michelle Bachelet made a surprise announcement.  She said it would be her last CSW as she was returning to her country Chile for personal reasons.  The Calgary Hearld has more on that story  

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon issued a statement  and I quote

“Violence against women is a heinous human rights violation, global menace, a public health threat and a moral outrage.  No matter where she lives, no matter what her culture, no matter what her society, every woman and girl is entitled to live free of fear.  She has the universal human right to be free from all forms of violence so as to fulfill her full potential and dreams for the future.

States have a corresponding responsibility to turn that right into reality.  The Secretary-General hopes that all the partners who came together at this historic session and others around the world will now translate this agreement into concrete action to prevent and end violence against women and girls.  The United Nations system is fully committed to leading this global effort.”

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