Historic Consensus on the Geneva Declaration on Promoting Women's Health and Strengthening the Family

Historic Consensus on the Geneva Declaration on Promoting Women's Health and Strengthening the Family

Washington DC, October 22, 2020. - Last Thursday, October 22, the governments of Brazil, Egypt, the United States, Hungary, Indonesia and Uganda led the virtual signing of the “Declaration of the Geneva Consensus” to which they have joined more than 30 countries that represent each and every one of the regions of the planet and whose population constitutes more than one thousand five hundred million people of the world.

 This historic declaration takes its name from having been raised in the context of the 2020 World Health Assembly that was to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, but which, due to the global pandemic situation caused by COVID-19, finally did not take place. 

The document establishes a turning point in the recent international panorama regarding the interpretation that has been given to the promotion of women's and family health; The Declaration recovers the universally recognized human rights that have been denatured in recent times and at the same time crystallizes essential principles in favor of women, the family and national sovereignty, which must be at the center of all policies and international programs. 

Even though UN member states have reaffirmed these principles repeatedly, for too many decades UN policy has marginalized mothers, the family, and sovereignty both normatively and programmatically. The Geneva Consensus can be the beginning of a transformation of international policy, to make it a catalyst for strengthening the family, in line with international law. 

The Geneva Consensus can be an ideal instrument for a transformation of multilateral politics, being used as a catalyst for the consolidation of the family as the main pillar of humanity. 

Our global platform Women of the World feels especially challenged in the fifth point of the Declaration since it contains the basic principles that gave rise to our foundation almost 7 years ago:

  

Reaffirm that “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State”; 13 that “motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance,” 14 that “women play a critical role in the family”15 and women’s “contribution to the welfare of the family and to the development of society”; 16


  Principles that support the binomial of femininity and masculinity, since the father and the mother each have their own identity and their essential role, but different and complementary in the family. Basic elements such as the defense and promotion of motherhood, which must be recognized as having dignity and incalculable value, guaranteeing its social and political support. Values ​​such as the recognition of the role of women in the family and in society. 

The mission of Women of the World is validated in this Declaration and our platform confirms the principles on which it supports its work around the world. 

We congratulate and sincerely thank the six nations that have led the endorsement of this significant Declaration and those who have adhered to it.

 

13 United Nations General Assembly. (1948). "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" (217A [III], Article 16(3)). Paris.

14 United Nations General Assembly. (1948). "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" (217A [III], Article 25[2]). Paris.

15 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women. (1995). “Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action” (Annex II, Paragraph 29). Beijing.

16 Ibid

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