We, the undersigned organisations and individuals across the globe, are again alarmed and disappointed that the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is wavering in its commitment to advance women’s human rights as demonstrated in the constant negotiation of the language in the outcome document continues.

On the occasion of celebrating the International Women’s Day we call on the states to reaffirm its commitment to agreed upon standards in promoting women’s human rights as articulated in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action as well as other international humanitarian and human rights law.
We say NO to any re-opening of negotiations on the already established international agreements on women’s human rights and call on all governments to demonstrate their commitments to promote, protect and fulfill human rights and fundamental freedoms of women.
It is alarming that states are continuing to negotiate established standards that they themselves have agreed to as we are witnessing in the last few days of negotiation. Considering the lack of an outcome document last year we hope that this is not the pattern when it comes to advancing women’s human rights agenda. Women’s human rights are not to be negotiated away.
Similar to last year, we strongly hold the position that given the progressive development in the international era on standard setting there should no longer be any contention on any issues related to the definition and intersectionality of women and girls experiencing violence against women, including in relations to sexual and reproductive health and rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, harmful practices perpetuated in the context of negative culture and traditions, among others. We remind states that the CSW is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women with the sole aim of promoting women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. Its mandate is to ensure the full implementation of existing international agreements on women’s human rights and gender equality.
We strongly demand all governments and the international community to reject any attempt to invoke traditional values or morals to infringe upon human rights guaranteed by international law, nor to limit their scope. Customs, tradition or religious considerations must not be tolerated to justify discrimination and violence against women and girls whether committed by State authorities or by non-state actors. Given the current global activism around violence against women it is imperative that member states take the lead is agreeing on a progressive outcome document that reaffirms its commitments to universal human rights standards. 
This is an important moment as we are planning the post 2015 process. The outcome document has to advance women’s human rights and not lower the bar for women’s human rights. Future international negotiations must move forward implementation of policies and programmes that secure the human rights of girls and women.
We call upon the member states of the UN and the various UN human rights and development entities to recognise and support the important role of women’s groups and organisations working at the forefront of challenging traditional values and practices that are intolerant to fundamental human rights norms, standards and principles.
To add your name to the statement please write to: cwgl@rci.rutgers.edu
Drafted by:
Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL)
International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific)
Endorsed by:




Acid Survivors Foundation


Actionaid Nigeria


Agricultural Missions, Inc.  (AMI)


Alliance F-Alliance de sociétés féminines suisses




American Association of University Women (AAUW)


Amnesty International


Anglican Women's Empowerment (AWE)


Antalya Womens Counselling Center and Solidarity Association


Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)


Asia Safe Abortion Partnership


Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW)


Association for Monitoring Gender Equality (CEID), Turkey


Association for Progressive Communications


Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)


Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)


Association pour le développement et de la promotion des droits Humains (ADPDH)


Association pour le Progrés et la Défense des Droits des Femmes (APDF), Mali


Association Suisse pour les Droits de la Femme - ADF–SVF


ASTRA Network-Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights


Aurat Foundation


Autonomous Women's Center, Serbia


Ayvalık Bağımsız Kadın inisiyatifi, Turkey


Bahamas Crisis Centre


Bahrain Young Ladies Association




Blue Veins


CAFRA, Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action, St. Lucia


CAFRA, Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action, Trinidad and Tobago


Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies


Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)


Caribbean Women's Association


Catholics for the Right to Decide Argentina


Catholics for the Right to Decide Bolivia


Catholics for the Right to Decide Brazil


Catholics for the Right to Decide Chile


Catholics for the Right to Decide Colombia


Catholics for the Right to Decide Ecuador


Catholics for the Right to Decide El Salvador


Catholics for the Right to Decide México


Catholics for the Right to Decide Nicaragua


Catholics for the Right to Decide Paraguay


Catholics for the Right to Decide Perú


CDO Pakistan


Center for Economic and Social Rights


Center for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance (CEWLA)


Center for Partnership Studies


Center for Reproductive Rights


Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), Rutgers University


Center for Women Policy Studies


Centre for Research and Action on Peace (KEDE), Greece


Centre for Secular Space


Centre for Social and Gender Research "New Life", Ukraine


Centre for Social Research


CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality


Church Women United


City and County of San Francisco, Department on the Status of Women


Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC), Nigeria


COC Netherlands


Comité d'action contre la traite humaine interne et international


Comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de las Mujeres (CLADEM)


Commission for Filipino Migrant Workers, RESPECT Network


Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women Network, Sweden


Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada


Community Development Organization (CDO Pakistan)




Connecting Gender for Development (COGEN), Nigeria


Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights


Dominica National Council of Women


East End Chapter of the National Organization for Women


Education International (EI)


Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement


Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights




European Women’s Network (ENOW), Greece


Equality Now


Esitlik Izleme (Esitiz), Turkey


European Women's Lobby


EVAWG alliance KP-FATA


EVAWG alliance (ICT)


Executive Committee for NGO Forum on CEDAW -Turkey


Federación Internacional de Mujeres de Carreras Jurídicas


Federation Against Violence Against Women (FAVAW)


Federation for Women and Family Planning, Poland


Fellowship of Reconciliation, Nyack, NY


Femin Ijtihad


Feminist Atelier (FEMA), Cyprus


Feminist Task Force (FTF)


Femmes Juristes Suisse – Women Lawyers Switzerland


FIAN International


Fiji Women's Rights Movement


Flying Broom Women's Communication and Research Association, Turkey


Foreign Spouses Support Group (Malaysia)


Foundation for Women (Thailand)


Foundatıon for Women's Solıdarıty (Kadın Dayanışma Vakfı), Turkey


Fundacion para Estudio e Investigacion de la Mujer (FEIM), Argentina


Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP)


Gay Japan News


Global Allies for Human Rights, Disarmament and Development in Africa (GAHADA Partners)


Gender and Water Alliance


Gender at Work


Global Health Awareness Research Foundation (GHARF)


Global Fund for Women


Global Justice Center


Global Network of Women Peacebuilders


Greater Los Angeles Chapter of National Committee of UN Women


Group Development Pakistan


Help & Shelter, Guyana


Huairou Commission


The Hunger Project


Institut de recherche et d’études stratégiques de Khyber (IRESK)


Institute for Science and Human Values, Inc.


Institute for Women's Empowerment, Hong Kong


Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University


Institute of Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender (ANIS), Brazil


Interfaith Center of New York


Interfaith Consortium for Ecological Civilization


International Alliance of Women


International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN)


International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)


International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)


International Federation of Business and Professional Women


International Network of Liberal Women (INLW)


International Peace Bureau


International Public Policy Institute


International Trade Union Confederation


International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown Law


International Women's Anthropology Conference


International Women's Rights Action Watch


International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific)


International Women's Rights Project, Canada




Isis International


İstanbul Feminist Collective


Izmir Women Solidarity Association, Turkey


Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights


Jamaica Household Workers Union


Kalyanamitra, Indonesia


KARAT Coalition


La Ligue du Droit International des Femmes (LDIF)


Latin American Network of Catholics for the Right to Decide


Lawyers for Justice and Peace (LJP)




MARUAH, Singapore


Media Equity Collaborative


Medical Women's International Association (MWIA)


Millennia2025 Women and Innovation Foundation, PUF


Montgomery County NOW






Namibia Women's Health Network


National Association for Resource Improvement


National Coalition on Affirmative Action (NCAA)


National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA


National Council of Women of Canada


National Council of Women’s Organizations


National Organization of Women, Barbados


Nepal International Consumers UNION


Netherlands Council of Women


Network of Expertise on Gender, Resilience and Interdependent Economics


NGO Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW)


NGO-Coordination post Beijing Switzerland


Ni-Ta-Nee NOW


Niger Delta Women's Movement for Peace and Development (NDWPD)


Nodo Mexicano. El Proyecto del Milenio, A.C.


Northeast Williamsport NOW


Norwegian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (Sex og Politikk)


Osez Le Féminisme


Overseas Development Institute, Social Development Programme


Oxfam International




Pacific Women’s Watch (New Zealand), Inc.


Partners for Law in Development, India


Peace X Peace


PEN International


Pennsylvania National Organization for Women


People's Movement For Human Rights Learning (PDHRE)


Perak Women for Women (Malaysia)




PILIPINA Legal Resources Center, Philippines


Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


Public Service Alliance of Canada


Purple Roof Women’s Shelter Foundation


Quality of Citizenship, Jamaica


Red de Educación Popular Entre Mujeres de Latinoamerica y el Caribe (REPEM LAC)


Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeña y la Diáspora


Red Feminista Frente a la Violencia Contra Las Mujeres (REDFEM), El Salvador


Red Nacional de Jóvenes y Adolescentes para la Salud Sexual y Reproductiva (RedNac), Argentina


Red Thread, Guyana


Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean (CATWLAC)


Regards de Femmes


Rights for All Women (RAW), Denmark


Roks, The National Organisation for Women's Shelters and Young Women's Shelters in Sweden




Rozaria Memorial Trust


RUMPUN, Indonesia


Rumpun Tjoet Nyak Dien, Indonesia


Rutgers WPF, Netherland


S4 Foundation, Guyana


Safe4Athletes, Los Angeles Ca.








Shirakat - Partnership for Development


Shirkat Gah - Women's Resource Centre, Pakistan


Siglo XXIII, El Salvador


Sisters Inside


Sisters in Islam


Sistren Theatre Collective/Groots Jamaica


Socialist Feminist Collective


Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD)


Society for Promotion of Education and Development (SPED)


Soroptimist International


SOS line for victims of violence “by your side,” Greece


SOS Sexisme, France


South Hills NOW


SRIA Rwanda Ltd


SUARAM (Malaysia)


SVAMV – Association (faîtière) suisse des familles monoparentales


Swayam, Kolkata, India


Taller Salud, Puerto Rico


Temple of Understanding


Tenaganita (Malaysia)


Terre des Jeunes du Burundi


To Love Children Educational Foundation International, Inc.




United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society


United Methodist Women, Global Justice, Community Action and Public Policy Offices


United Methodist Women, Washington Office of Public Policy


Urban Justice Center


Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC)


Virginia Gildersleeve Fund (VGIF)


Vision Spring Initiatives, Nigeria




White Ribbon Campaign


WIDE, Network for Women´s Rights and Feminist Perspectives in Development


Widows for Peace through Democracy (WPD)


Womankind Worldwide


WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform


Women Against Rape Inc., Antigua/Barbuda


Women against Violence Europe (WAVE)


Women against Violence Network Serbia


Women Enabled, Inc.


Women & Gender Equality Commission of Guyana


Women Graduates USA




Women for Women's Human Rights (WWHR) - New Ways, Turkey


Women Graduates-USA


Women Living Under Muslim Laws


Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN)


Women Peacemakers Program


Women Studies Center, Punjabi University Patiala, India


Women Transforming Cities International Society


Women Won't Wait Campaign


Women's Aid Organisation (WAO), Malaysia


Women's Association of Romania


Women's Centre for Change (WCC) Penang, Malaysia


Women’s Coalition, Turkey


Women's Coalition for Justice and Democracy


Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)


Women's Federation for World Peace, Intl.


Women’s Front, Norway


Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)


Women's Intercultural Network (WIN)


Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)


Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Philadelphia/Delco Branch


Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (Philippines)


Women's Refugee Commission


Women's Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), Jamaica


Women's Sports Foundation


Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF)




Workers Hub for Change (WH4C)


World Federation for Mental Health


World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women


World YWCA


WUNRN, Women's UN Report Network


Zonta International Club Dhaka




Joanne Abbensetts


Hassan Said Abdourahman


Waheed Ahmad


Niaz Ahmed


Gwendolyn Albert


Florence Allen


Molly Anderson


Jodi Anthony


Sally Armstrong


Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford


Katy Beaver


Dr. Wolfgang Benedek


Guerda Benjamin


Cynthia B. Blake


Joddah Bokhari


Amber Bonnici


Paola Brambilla


Marti Britt


Rosalind Buck


Charlotte Bunch


Noreen Campbell


Elaine Chan-Scherer


Marllyn Chang


Hilda Rømer Christensen


Corina Ciechanow


Nadine Commergnat


Emmeline Craig


Aslı Davas


Theresa Derlan Yeh


Claire Desaint


Audrey Desnoes


Mary Diamond


Denise Dias


Emily Doherty


Jocelyn Dow


Josephine Dublin-Prince


Crystal Easton


Cynthia Enloe


Dundeen Ferguson


Cynthia Fuchs Epstein


Uche Ewuzie


Lana Finikin


Dr. Helga Foster


Laurice de Gale


A. P. Gautam


Elizabeth Gibbons


Eunice Graham


Stephanie Grant


Shera Grant Clarke


Joan Grant Cummings


Barbara M. Hall


Leila Hessini


Maliha Husain


Leila Jagdeo


Eunadie Johnson


Deborah Kasman


Beata Koropatwa


Dr. Dashurije Koshi


Rebecca Landy


Kate Langlois


Michelle Lee


Dr. Nancy C. Lee


Bette Levy


Shirley Lewis


Georgia Love


Mary MacDonald


Houzan Mahmoud


Havi Mandell


Eleonora Barbieri Masini


Terri Matlock


Norah Matovu Winyi


Caron McCloud


Shiloh Sophia McCloud


Dr. Lyla Mehta


Vera Mehta


Tufail Mohammad


Martha Morgan


Marcia L Morehead


Hasna Moudud


Dr. Fulata L. Moyo


L. Uma Mulnick, DC


Qamar Naseem


Mr Amjad Nazeer


Joyce Neu


Hilary C. Nicholson


Claytine Nisbett


Hina Noureen


Carole A. Oglesby


Muradiye ORAL


Meral Özaygen


Dr Rukhshinda Parveen


Joanne Payton


William Pervaiz


Elly Pradervand


Angela de Prairie, MNM MA


Lily Pulu


Danuta Radzik


Vanda Radzik


Md-Mamunur Rahman


Betty Reardon


Marilyn Rice-Brown


Dr. Kay Richmond


Sonia Robinson


Dr. Marilyn P. Safir


M. Angelica Sepulveda Salinas


Mary Schilder


Maggie Schmeitz


Mab Segrest


Tina Siebers


Kathleen Sloan


Fatou Sow


Ann Stacy


Jerilyn Stapleton


Irene Sullivan


Anne-Marie Swalens


Tenin Toure


Linnette Vassell


Annette Wagner


Michaela Walsh


Judith Wedderburn


Marie C. Wilson


Everjoice Win


Katherine Witteman


Alexandrina Wong


Rev. Bond Wright