ARF Attends SIW Bureau Session in Rome

ROME (Yerkir)–Mari Titizian of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation participated in the session of the Socialist International Women’s (SIW) Bureau which took place January 17-18 in Rome. One-hundred-thirty representatives of 72 parties and organizations from 42 countries participated.

SIW Chairman Dolors Renau i Mann opened the session hosted by the representatives of the Democrats of the Left and Democratic Socialists of Italy.

The session was titled "Women and Migration in a Globalized World: Integration–Security and Opportunities." Principal reports were made by Italian Democratic Socialist’s Pia Locatelli–National Women’s coordinator and member of the National Executive Committee; SIW vice-presidents Sue West of the Australian Labor Party; and Swedish Social Democratic party’s former Commissioner for Immigration Home Affairs and Justice Anita Gradin.

During a plenary session and three subsequent workshops–participants actively discussed the theme of the session.

During the plenary session–the participants reported on the situation in their respective countries; Maria Titizian reported on Armenia.

Several declarations and resolutions were adopted at the end of the session.

One declaration calls on UN member states as well as the governmen’s of the SIW member states to back a proposal to organize a UN World Convention and NGO Forum on women’s issues in 2005. The SIW considers such a convention–not a UN Security Council special session–crucial to address these issues. According to the SIW–the convention’s objective should be to strengthen the 1995 Beijing convention’s working program.

The principal declaration of the SIW deals with the session’s theme and calls on the governmen’s to take measures to ensure the civil–human–social and health-related rights of the immigrant women.

The SIW consists of 129 organizations and has consultant status at the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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