United Nations determined to eliminate violence against women
By unanimous vote, the United Nations has adopted a resolution, proposed by the Netherlands and France, to eliminate violence against women. It calls for countries to offer protection, amend legislation, train care workers and offer victims better aftercare. ‘I am glad this has succeeded. It shows that all countries believe it is important to combat violence against women and promote their rights,’ said foreign minister Frans Timmermans.
The resolution states that religion, culture and tradition may never be used as an excuse to justify violence against women. Moreover, it states for the first time that the business community is also responsible for protecting women’s rights
The Netherlands and France negotiated long and hard to get all UN Member States to adopt the resolution. Although resolutions are not legally binding, they raise the international profile of an issue and lend it moral and political weight. Combating violence against women is a key concern of Dutch human rights policy and is at the heart of the Netherlands’ campaign for renewed membership of the UN Human Rights Council from 2015 to 2017.