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 2008-04-17
Call for action and participation from “G8 Women ‘s Rights Forum”

1.The fact ―― The woman's life has been disregarded.
Gender-based violence
Gender-based violence is perhaps the most widespread and socially tolerated of human rights violations. Worldwide, an estimated one in five women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. One in three will have been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused, usually by a family member or an acquaintance. More often than not, the perpetrators go unpunished. Each year, hundreds of thousands of women and children are trafficked and enslaved, millions more are subjected to harmful practices. Violence kills and disables as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as cancer. And its toll on women’s health surpasses that of traffic accidents and malaria combined.

Wars and Armed conflicts and Women’s rights
Wars and armed conflicts take a huge toll on civilians, including abduction, rape, mutilation, torture and massacre. Many civilians are forced to flee their homes and communities, and sexual violence is often widespread. During war and conflict and its aftermath, women and young people are particularly vulnerable;80 per cent of the world’s 35 million refugees and internally displaced persons are women and children.

Maternal Mortality
Maternal death and injury rates throw into sharp relief the impact of poverty and gender inequity on reproductive health. Every minute one woman dies needlessly of pregnancy-related causes. This adds up to more than a half million mothers lost each year—a figure that has hardly improved over the past few decades. Ninety-nine per cent of maternal deaths occur in developing countries.

Gender disparity
Women constitute 70% of the poor population. 75% of the world’s illiterate adults are women. 2/3 of children denied primary education are girls. It is to the woman who is the minority or marginalized greatly flipped from the center of the society in the woman and, well, the brunt has as this way situation depends on value and dignity's where the woman lives being lightly seen.

Minority women
Minority women suffer from these discriminations more than the other women.

2 What we should do to deliver women’s voices?
The 34th G8 summit will take place in Toyako, Japan 7-9th of July 2008. Many people will be coming together from across the country, and from all over the world to discuss various issues prior to, and during the summit. Along with the forums and meetings organized by government leaders and government officials, an alternative summit will take place, and there will be a number of forums and events organized by NGO groups. It will be a great opportunity where people can discuss various social issues.

However, women’s rights as human rights has almost no place in the main theme of the summit, nor has a strong voice in the discussion among NGO groups and social activist groups. Active involvement of women’s activists and groups are yet to be taken for further discussion on women’s issues so that women’s voice has a significant role to play in policy-making process.

In this forum, we strongly suggest that we need to do something to change this situation. We will raise concerns for those who are marginalized in Japanese society, and get across our views and voices on a global scale. We call for the elimination of discrimination of women stated in the Declaration of Human Rights, Declaration of all forms of discrimination of women, and in Beijing Platform for Action. In particular, we aim to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment as stated in MDGs.

3. Where are we heading towards? – Creating a path for hope

People have been raising concerns for social injustice experienced in women’s lives, and have been tackling with the issues in various places. We wish to honor women’s strength, and hope to find a path so that every woman can live in dignity.

4. Action

There will be some forums on women’s rights organized by NGO groups.

Dates: 4 July (Fri) 13:30~17:00pm
Venue: Sapporo Center for Gender Equality (Sapporo L Plaza)

We are planning women’s event in the evening on the 4 July. Please join us.

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