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The ITUC urges the international community to act for the protection of women’s rights and their defenders

The ITUC fully supports the declaration presented yesterday by four Arab human rights organisations to the UN Human Rights Council and urges the international community to act for the protection of women’s rights and their defenders.

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Egyptian New Woman Foundation, the Nazra for Feminist Studies and the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women publicly denounced the continuous impunity for the cases of sexual harassment and rape recently witnessed in Egypt in the context of demonstrations. According to these organisations, the failure of the authorities to fulfil their responsibilities to secure public spaces for women results in marginalisation and restriction on their participation in public affairs

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the ITUC pays tribute to all women’s rights’ defenders who played and continue to play a crucial role in the Arab uprising movements . “Women activists have been unique in linking up the demands for women’s rights to the ones for social justice and democracy. Their refusal to be cowed, their unshakeable self - confidence and their determination to continue the struggle despite the dangers, deserve our respect ” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC.

The ITUC stands in solidarity with the women’ movement in Libya who is struggling to ensure women’s representation in the upcoming Constituent Assembly as well as the inclusion of provisions supporting women’s rights in the new Libyan Constitution.

The ITUC Arab Women Network aims to strengthen the position of women in the region

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