Human rights defenders working for gender equality honoured

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Activists working for equality between men and women were honoured at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri called on all to join the reflect2protect campaign to raise the profile of women human rights defenders.

The campaign marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of what has been described as the landmark Beijing Platform of Action to promote women's rights.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri said human rights defenders insisted that women's rights were human rights.

She added that violations experienced by women should no longer be dismissed as private matters or justified on the basis of the misinterpretation of culture, religion or tradition.

The result was a visionary agenda, laying out a blueprint for the achievement of equality between men and women, Ms Pansieri said.

"Twenty years ago when the governments came together to agree on what was a real landmark Beijing Platform for Action, these very defenders we want to honour today played a critical role in ensuring that the lived realities of women all over the world were recognized and addressed." (23")

The UN Human Rights Council meeting came a day after International Women's Day which was observed on 8 March around the world.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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