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One hundred civil society groups from the world's regions met at an international NGO Forum in Amman, Jordan on November 4-5, 2012 to discuss how women and girls are being denied their economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights despite their governments' commitments to abide by international human rights laws protecting the rights of women and girls. The NGO Forum preceded an international conference of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), convened by the International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs in Amman, Jordan. The focus of the NHRI conference was "Human Rights of Women and Girls: Promoting Gender Equality — The Role of National Human Rights Institutions."
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) represented by Grace Poore, Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and Pacific Islands worked with activists from the Arab, Asia Pacific and Central European regions to develop an NGO Statement, outlining gaps in human rights protections for women and girls and NGO recommendations on what actions NHRIS could take to ensure greater equality for women and girls in their countries. "It was critical for the NGO Statement to reflect the expectations of all women, including lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people, and for the recommendations to also cover sexual orientation and gender identity," said Grace Poore.
The final NGO Statement was delivered on November 6 to delegates from over seventy National Human Rights Institutions representing Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Latin America, Caribbean, and Europe.
The delegates concluded their conference on November 7 with the adoption of the 2012 Amman Declaration and Program of Action, which outlines NHRI agreements and steps towards ensuring equality for women and girls — including addressing violence, discrimination, poverty, hunger, and inequalities in health and education, as well as multiple and intersecting violence and discrimination faced by vulnerable populations. Separate commitments from regional coordinating bodies of NHRIs from Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean, Europe were also delivered at the conference.
The 2012 Amman Declaration and Program of Action on promoting the rights of women and girls as well as each of the regional promises are opportunities for civil society to monitor and engage to ensure that NHRIs effectively implement their plans of action in a timely, transparent, collaborative, and inclusive manner.
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