Delivered on 20 June 2018
Delivered by Ms. Aishath Shahula, First Secretary |Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Thank you, Mr. President,
My delegation commends the Special Rapporteur Ms Dubravka Šimonović for the excellent work carried out under her mandate, and thank her for the comprehensive report presented under this agenda item. We welcome the Special Rapporteur’s focus of the report on online violence and violence facilitated by information and communications technology (ICT) against women and girls from a human rights perspective.
Violence against women is a human rights violation; and it is the severest form of discrimination based on gender which cuts across race, social positioning and geographic boundaries. It is a prevalent global problem that calls for globalized efforts with stronger cooperation between global, regional mechanisms and national mechanisms. It is only through our collective efforts that gender based violence can be effectively combatted as women and girls living in a condition of normalized violence at home or in the workplace is today’s reality. It is especially crucial in the realization of the Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals and its specific targets 5.1 and 5.2 on the elimination of discrimination and violence against women and girls.
The Maldives has enacted several legislation and regulations in recent years, not only to ensure justice for survivors of victims of violence and abuse, but also to prevent sexual offences and harassment both at home and at workplace, and also to promote gender equality.
The Government of Maldives being fully committed to zero tolerance on violence against women, recognises the importance of conducting multi-sectoral networking and public awareness campaigns across the nation. One of the areas where civil society is most active in the Maldives is on the prevention of violence against women and assisting victims of abuse.
My delegation fully agrees that to ensure that laws expedite good practices in elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the State and non-state actors must work together.
My delegation would like to ask the Special Rapporteur to elaborate on the elements that comprise the good practices for a such a combined effort.
Thank you, Mr. President.