Recorder: Jennifer Gagliardi
"We are longing for a world committed to the fulfillment of peace, dignity, freedom, respect, prosperity, health and joy for all people, where the unity and wholeness of the self empowers the global community to speak out against all violence and our voices can be heard without retribution. We are working toward the day when we can celebrate a non-violent planet.
"We want to create a safe environment where women and men work together with mutual respect to eliminate violence in all its forms, and women and girls are encouraged to develop their full potential.
"To fulfill our vision, we must clearly define violence against women and children, create mechanisms at both the grassroots and institutional levels to disseminate that definition, and we must provide powerful advocacy to support and empower victims of violence. We must achieve a culture of zero tolerance for violence against women.
"We pursue justice and freedom to create a world where you and I and we will have the power to fulfill our hopes for peace, safety, dignity and joy. With support and community, we're going to get there."
BACKGROUND: The Platform For Action was endorsed by 189 countries at the Fourth United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing, China in September 1995. Defining violence against women, the Platform states:
"Violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace. Violence against women both violates and impairs or nullifies the enjoyment by women of their human rights and fundamental freedoms....In all societies, to a greater or lesser degree, women and girls are subjected to physical, sexual and psychological abuse that cuts across lines of income, class and culture. The low social and economic status of women can be both a cause and a consequence of violence against women.
"The term, 'violence against women' means any act of gender-based violence that result in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life. Accordingly, violence against women encompasses but is not limited to the following:
"a) physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation;
"b) physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring within the general community, including rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment and intimidation at work, in educational institutions and elsewhere, trafficking in women and forced prostitution;
"c) physical, sexual and psychological violence perpetrated or condoned by the State, wherever it occurs."
THE BEIJING PLATFORM FOR ACTION CALLS ON GOVERNMENTS TO:
1. Adopt and implement legislation to end violence against women;
2. Work actively to ratify and implement all international agreements related to violence against women, including the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW);
3. Adopt new laws and enforce existing ones to punish members of security forces and police or any other state agents for acts of violence against women;
4. Set up shelters, provide legal aid and other services for girls and women at risk, and provide counseling and rehabilitation for perpetrators of violence against women;
5. Step up national and international cooperation to dismantle networks engaged in trafficking in women.
The Platform for Action includes the following recommendations, among others, to:
Cross-Cutting issues to be integrated in work within all these areas are: Racism, immigration, indigenous women, women with disabilities, gay and lesbian rights, religion and globalization.
CONDITIONS IN THE U.S. ARE:
U.S. GOVERNMENT COMMITMENTS:
The United States Government (Violence Against Women Act) made commitments to: Launch a 6 year, $1.6 billion initiative to fight violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual assault; the Office of Violence Against Women has been established at the Justice Department, headed by Bonnie Campbell (202) 616-8894
Publicize the problem of domestic violence, declaring October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month; President Clinton signed an Executive Memorandum which directs all federal agencies to train employees about domestic violence and direct them to resources;
Through tougher new federal laws and assistance from states and localities, progress is expected in law enforcement, victim assistance, prosecutions, and crime prevention; programs for dispelling myths about domestic violence; nationwide meetings in this area are also to be implemented;
Establish specialized police and prosecution units for sexual and domestic violence and enhance training of police, prosecutors and judges;
Adopt criminal justice reforms new regulations in cases of sexual or domestic violence, including victim restitution, victim confidentiality, registration of offenders, and development of offender databases nationwide.
Enforce access to health care clinic entrances;
The present administration reaffirms its commitment to obtain ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
All members of the U.N. have signed the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and endorsed the establishment of a Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women reporting to the Commission on Human Rights.
¥ educate ourselves and our constituencies about the Platform for Action;
¥ bring global awareness of women's human rights to local organizing;
¥ envision a Platform for Action that we want to see implemented statewide and locally;
¥ make specific recommendations for implementation in civil, political, social and cultural arenas.
Principles to guide our organizing, post-Beijing
¥ Begin to think of the work that we do as peace work;
¥ View women's human rights as a new paradigm for achieving social change;
¥ Use Beijing Platform language in all we do in our work for social change;
¥ Integrate cross-cutting issues into all areas of our work.
WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS NECESSARY FOR THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF CALIFORNIA TO BE FREE FROM VIOLENCE, COERCION, AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
Adopt CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women) "...the full and complete development of a country, the welfare of the world and the cause of peace require the maximum participation of women on equal terms with men in all fields...."
States and municipalities shall adopt all appropriate measures of legislative, administrative, financial, educational, social or other appropriate means to implement Platform recommendations.
Individuals, organizations and governments shall consider civil, political, social and cultural rights in work toward implementing Platform recommendations.
All criminal justice initiatives should be evaluated in terms of their gender implications: How do they affect women and girls, men and boys?
Conservatively speaking, one in three girls or women is a survivor of sexual violence. Prevention education and services need to be available, accessible and culturally appropriate to all.
Public education can provide leadership for building community consensus and practice of opposing violence and building peace. Education for violence prevention can save lives and money.
Asian Women's Shelter, 3543 18th Street, Box 19, San Francisco, CA 94110
Bay Area Women Against Rape
CAADV (State and Local)
Cal-CASA (State and Local)
California Coalition for Battered Women in Prison
California Faculty Association
California State Superintendent of Schools
California State Uuniversity Rape Prevention Education Programs and Women's Resource Centers
CASARC, 995 Potrero Ave. Rm. 239, Bldg. 80, San Francisco, CA 94110
CA-WILD (Women's International Linkage on Disability)
Coalition of Women from Asia and the Middle East, 1093 Braxton Ave. #603, Los Angeles,CA 90024
Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Services, 3543 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Commission on the Status of Women, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Room 130, San Francisco, CA 94102
Community United Against Violence, San Francisco
Equal Rights Advocates, 1663 Mission St., Fifth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Family Violence Prevention Fund, 383 Rhode Island, San Francisco, CA
Family Violence Project, 850 Bryant St., Bldg. 1, Ste. 200, San Francisco, CA
Girls Against Gang Violence, San Francisco
Healing Woman, P.O. Box 3038, Moss Beach, CA 94038
Intergroup Clearinghouse, 995 Market Street, Suite #1219, San Francisco, CA 94103
International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet, 2288 Fulton Street, Ste. 312, Berkeley, CA 94103
Jewish Family and Children's Services, (SF)
La Casa de las Madres, 965 Mission St., Ste. 300, San Francisco, CA 94103
Manalive (San Francisco)
Men Overcoming Violence (MOVE)
Mid-Peninsula Support Network, 200 Blossom Way, 3rd Floor, Mountain View, CA 94041
Mujeres Unidas y Activas, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
National Gay Rights Advocates, 540 Castro St., San Francisco, CA 94114
National Latina Health Organization, (Oakland, CA)
National Organization for Women
Oakland Men's Project
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change
Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists, 4134 Vale Ave., Oakland, CA 94619
Project Survive, CCSF, 50 Phelan Ave, Box S55, Office S24, San Francisco, CA 94112
PROMISE, 1095 Market Street, Ste. 417, San Francisco, CA 94103
Queen's Bench, 333 Market Street, Ste. 3200, San Francisco, CA 94105
Rape Prevention Education Program, University of California, Woods Building, Ground Level,100 Medical Center Way, San Francisco, CA 94143-0909
Rape Treatment Center, San Francisco General Hospital, 995 Potrero Ave., San Francisco, CA 94110
Rape Treatment Center, Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center,1250 16th St.,Santa Monica,CA 90404
Rosalie House (SF)
San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation
San Francisco Network for Battered Lesbians and Bisexual Women (415) 281-0276
San Francisco Women Against Rape, 3543 Eighteenth Street, #7 San Francisco, CA 94110
Santa Cruz County Women's Commission, PO Box 367 Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Sexual Assault Prevention & Resource Center, Stanford University
The S.A.F.E. Place, 190 Denslowe Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132
UC Berkeley Rape Prevention Education Program
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
University of California RPEP's and Women's Resource Centers
WILD for Women's Human Rights (Women's International Leadership Development)
W.O.M.A.N., Inc., 333 Valencia St., Ste. 251, San Francisco, CA 94103
Woman Power Self Defense, 74A 14th Street, Box 428, San Francisco, CA 94114
Women of Color Against Domestic Violence
Women Lawyers of Sacramento, 1331 Twenty-first Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Adopted by the Violence Against Women Task Force of the California Women's Agenda Assembly on June 29, 1996
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