On March 3rd 2015, at the European Parliament Headquarters in Brussles, the International Statement Women of the World was officially launched. The initiative is promoted just before the World Women’s Day by the Spanish organization Profesionales por la Ética (Professionals for Ethics) in coalition with Femina Europa (France) and Woman Attitude (Belgium) and supported by 130 NGOs from 40 countries over the 5 continents. Important participation was registered from Latin American NGOs as well as from countries like Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Gabon or Kenya.
The Brussels presentation was performed by Leonor Tamayo, president of Profesionales por la Ética, Martha Thés representing the International Federation of the Institute for Family Policies (IPF), Bénédicte Mordacq, as speaker of Femina Europa and Laetitia Pouliquen, on behalf of Woman Attitude.
Leonor Tamayo from Profesionales por la Ética declared: “Up until now, gender ideology and radical feminism has tried to monopolise the voice and opinion of women. But that is now finished. It is our turn, the turn of new feminism, of the women who speak in terms of women. We will not accept anymore that the international institutions develop policies that ignore, fight or suppress feminine identity. Women of the World has the objective to make the international institutions listen what we, the Women of the World, think, believe and want”.
Martha Thés, from the International Federation of the Institute for Family has read the Statement in which signing NGOs and women demand:
- Universal recognition and respect of the feminine identity, its dignity and true equality between men and women in their complementarity and reciprocity.
- International policies in defense of women’s freedom to choose their dedication to the family, which implies true reconciliation between family and working life.
- Universal recognition in international legislation of the value of the silent and apparently invisible women’s work inside their families and the universal management of the term “exclusive dedication to the family” as a labour group.
- An international frame of policies of protection for working women who want to have children or are dedicated exclusively or partially to the care and attention of their family and the eradication of any form of discrimination towards them.
- Universal prohibition of surrogate motherhood. Surrogacy is a violation of the dignity of both the surrogate mother and the child. It is a new form of exploitation of women and human trafficking, making the child the object of a contract.
According to Bénédicte Mordacq, the Statement is also supported by 17, 000 women from 70 different countries, among which the Republic of Congo, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, Lebanon, New Caledonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine.
The countries with the highest number of individual signatures are Spain, Croatia, France, Italy, Mexico and Argentina.
Women of the World has been translated into 12 different languages, including Japanese and Arabic, and its goal is to become a new voice of women at the national and international institutions.
Simultaneous presentations of the Statement Women of the World were held on March 5th in Spain, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, Polonia, Mexico, USA and similar events are planned in Colombia and Iraq.
The Statement Women of the World will be presented in New York on March 14th at the UN Headquarters as part of the events of the 59th NGO Committee on the Status of Women.
Women of the World will become a universal Platform to work at the International institutions and worldwide national governments as the new voice of women.
Read the entire statement and sign it here.