Thank you, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the United Nations General Assembly
Thank you, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General,
for your gift to the women of the world by making a Joint announcement on 8 March 2012 (International Women’s Day) to propose the convening of a Global Conference on Women by the United Nations in 2015, 20 years after the last women’s summit in Beijing.
Thank you, Eleanor Roosevelt, for making the world a better place
On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 2008).
- I celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt by placing this card on my desk as a reminder of the Pioneer of Human Rights.
- I embrace the values and goals of the Universal Declaration and will promote and defend them.
- I will forward the link of 335 translations and Human Righs education to my friends and networks (www.ohchr.org).
Thank you, Louise Arbour, for reforming the Human Rights machinery
On the occasion of the end of your tenure as High Commissioner for Human Rights (June 2008), I celebrate you by placing this card on my desk as a reminder of your leadership and...
Thank you for:
- Your achievements in inaugurating the UN Human Rights Council
- Overseeing the launching of the Universal Periodic Review for scrutiny of the implementation of rights and norms
- Increasing the collective impact and cohesion of special procedures
- Placing the Human Rights of women and gender equality at the centre of the HR framework and for bringing the Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to Geneva.
Thank you, Prof. Yakin Erturk, for
- your six years of extraordinary endeavors as Special Rapporteur on violence against women;
- your annual thematic reports which offered guidance, practical responses and critical insights on key issues with respect to women’s rights and violence against women.
- all the important issues on which you focused including:
- the intersection between HIV/AIDS and VAW
- the due diligence obligations of states with regard to VAW
- the intersections between culture and VAW, and indicators on VAW and state responses to it
- your last report focusing on the political economy of women’s rights and its implications for VAW
- making a strong appeal for recognizing the socio-economic conditions and relations of power that underlie VAW, calling for the adoption of an integrated response which draws on the obligations set out in the twin covenants on civil and political rights and on social, economic and cultural rights; with due attention paid to the latter.
- initiating and guiding the report “15 years of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (1994-2009) – A critical review.”