The last few days have been mainly silent on how the negotiations have been going on attempting to reach agreed conclusions. The last version we have received is number 3 but that was on Tuesday morning (or was it Monday?). We are in a time of waiting, hoping and praying. Praying for positive agreed conclusions to come out of this Commission on the Status of Women. Hoping that ‘difficult texts’ will be negotiated positively and making a positive impact on women’s lives around the world. Waiting for government and UN staff to do the job they are skilled an trained to do. We have to wait and trust them having given feedback on what we would like to see.
In the midst of the silence and waiting are rumours, statements and articles. An article was circulated earlier in the week that was not exactly positive on reaching agreed conclusions. It was too early at that point to make a call. Rumours to be encouraged about the conclusions and rumours, sometimes backed up with published articles, that would seem agreed conclusions would and should not be reached.
The UK government has been working behind the scenes for months before we arrived at the UN trying to ensure that this year we get agreed conclusions. The work has continued in earnest since the CSW started. This morning on twitter Sir Mark Lyall Grant, UK Ambassador to the UN stated ‘Entering the CSW endgame. But will need further push from PR’s today to reach agreement on difficult outstanding issues.’ We are with him on that. With him to move forward so that many women’s lives will be saved, that governments, including our own, will be challenged into doing more to end the scourge of violence against women and girls. After all you can’t reach and realise your full potential in life when someone is abusing you, beating you, controlling you, coercing you, manipulating you and using you as a sex object.
We wait, we pray, we hope for agreed conclusions. Come on governments of the world – listen to the plea and the cry of the hearts of many women and men around the world. We are watching you.