Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Separation of religion and state is necessary
Advancing Women's Rights Worldwide- the new report of the Council of Europe. The report drafted by Hon.Lydie Err, Luxembourg, Socialist. The Resolution calls for new impetus to be given to the protection, promotion and effective implementation of women's rights worldwide. The Resolutions states that the "Separation of religion and state is necessary for the realisation of equality and non-discrimination both de jure and de facto" (Para 1). Further, the document underlines that still some 358000 women die annually due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth and worldwide around 14 million girls between 15 and 19 give birth each year (Para 6). It underlined economic costs for society resulting from failure to address maternal health needs as well as called for gender and age specific data collection in this field (Para 9.3). The Resolution calls for ensuring that comprehensive reproductive health programmes receive adequate funding (Para 9.5). Moreover, it calls to ensure that UN Women and UNFPA receive resources needed to fulfill their objectives to expand women's voice, leadership and participation (Para 10.5).