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New report for the UN General Assembly on fundamentalism, extremism and the cultural rights of women

Friday 22 September 2017, by siawi3


New report for the UN General Assembly on fundamentalism, extremism and the cultural rights of women

by the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights,
Karima Bennoune

The report will be presented to the GA on Wednesday October 25 from 10AM-1 PM at the UN in New York.



Defining and understanding fundamentalism and extremism

A women’s human rights approach to fundamentalism and extremism, with cultural rights at its core

International legal framework:
- Relevant international standards
- Analysis of fundamentalism and extremism in the United Nations system

Fundamentalism, extremism and women’s cultural rights: a survey:
- Women’s freedom of artistic expression and attacks against women artists
- Women’s right to take part in cultural life without discrimination.
- Attacks against others based on their perceived or assumed “difference”
- Right to education

Conclusions and recommendations

Read the full report, here


As noted in a joint statement by United Nations human rights experts, in June 2017:
Women’s rights are facing an alarming backlash in many parts of the world
[...] We need more than ever to protect the fundamental principle that all rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated[...] Despite this unbreakable principle, upheld in the 1993 Vienna Declaration on human rights, we are witnessing efforts by fundamentalist groups to undermine the foundation on which the whole human rights system is based. Some of these efforts are based on a misuse of culture, including religion and tradition[...]

All such anti-rights trends, whether on the part of States or non-State actors, at the international or national levels, must be met with a vigorous international human rights-based challenge...

Fundamentalist and extremist State and non-State actors often threaten the right to freedom of artistic expression. Artists have been accused of
“blasphemy” or “religious defamation”, insulting “religious feelings” or
inciting “religious hatred"...


Related side event, The impact of fundamentalism and extremism on the cultural rights of women: time to take a stand,
on Thursday 26 October, from 5 to 7 pm.
Conference Room 11, UN Headquarters, New York.

Speakers (confirmed):
- Karima Bennoune: UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
- Rafida Bonya Ahmed; published author and Moderator at Mukto-mona blog, Visiting research scholar at UT Austin (and widow of slain Bangladeshi writer Avijit Roy)
- Sheema Kermani: Activist, theater director and dancer. Founder of Tehrik-E-Niswan, Karachi, Pakistan
- Ms. Wanda Nowicka: Chair, Equality and Modernity Association and Honorary President, Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning
- Cole Parke: LGBTQ & Gender Justice Researcher, Political Research Associates, USA
- and several other distinguished speakers