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DEMOCRACY, SOCIAL COHESION AND GLOBAL CHALLENGES COMMITTEE

Resolution adopted on 26 June 2012
CONF/DEM(2012)RES1

Gender Equality – A condition for success of the Arab Spring

The Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges Committee of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe

1. being aware that the Arab Spring, in which women took part and played a major role, was at its core a social-political movement led by young people unable to realise their full potential, lacking job opportunities and freedom;

2. being aware that the current situation presents opportunities as well as risks of regression, particularly in the field of women’s rights;

3. supports those women and men who defend Human Rights as universal and rejects any infringements on these rights;

4. refers to the Recommendation [CONF/PLE(2012)REC4] and the Resolution [CONF/PLE(2012)RES2] of the Conference of INGOs “Gender Perspectives in political and democratic processes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region” adopted on 27 January 2012 in which the International community was urged to listen to women and women’s organisations and support their demands and priorities;

5. has taken note of the report “Women and the Arab Spring: Taking their place?” by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), March 2012

The Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges Committee of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe

6. decides to sign the appeal calling on national governments and parliaments to implement the “20 measures for equality” contained in this FIDH report.