I t was very easy to believe last week that gay people around the world had been pushed even closer to a bloody end. The UN general assembly voted to remove the mention of killings based on sexual orientation from a resolution condemning arbitrary and extrajudicial executions. But abhorrent as this amendment was — and I condemn it utterly — it is questionable whether it will actually make things worse on the ground. Although the "sexual orientation" wording had been in place for years until this U-turn, many governments did nothing as the screams of gay people being butchered echoed all around. Furthermore, gay people are still theoretically included under the resolution's condemnation of killing for "discriminatory reasons on any basis". No, there are deeper problems here that undermine the integrity of the UN and quell optimism about the organisation's ability to secure positive change.
UN Women became operational in January In his report, the Secretary-General resolved that, rather than relieving other parts of the United Nations system of their responsibility for contributing to the promotion of gender equality and women's empowerment, the new entity should seek to sharpen the focus and impact of the gender equality activities of the entire United Nations system. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced at the founding of the movement that he is "grateful to Member States for having taken this major step forward for the world's women and girls. UN Women will significantly boost UN efforts to promote gender equality, expand opportunity, and tackle discrimination around the globe. Moreover, the resolution requested that the Secretary-General produce a proposal specifying the mission statement of the composite entity and its organizational arrangements, including an organizational chart, funding, and the executive board to oversee its operational activities. The campaign was handled by photographer Dimitri Dimitracacos.
Gay rights row breaks out over amended UN resolution
Learn more about the human rights challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT and intersex people everywhere and the actions that can be taken to protect their human rights and tackle violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Booklet, "Born Free and Equal". Booklet, "Living Free and Equal". Fact Sheets.
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