“Good afternoon – My name is Yvonne Rafferty and I represent the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues at the UN and I speak here today as a member of the Working Group on Girls. As you have noted, the global enslavement of children today affects countless numbers of victims who are routinely bought, sold, and resold for criminal purposes, labor, or sexual exploitation. However, the most powerful predictor of being trafficked as a child is being female. All over the world, girls are particularly vulnerable to being trafficked into the sex slave. Research has documented the numerous physical health problems and mental health problems affecting children who have been trafficked. In terms of recovery, psychosocial rehabilitation is vital. At the same times the international dimensions of discrimination and violence against girls must be addressed. As a result of discriminatory attitudes and behaviors, girls have fewer opportunities than boys and are less likely than their male peers to have decision-making control over their lives. We urge the UN and member states identify, share, and promote effective policies and practices where gender sensitive and human rights-based approaches are used to challenge gender-based violence and harmful practices. Thank you.”
Eileen Reilly, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame writes ‘we had a delegation of 17 to the first week of the CSW: 11 University students, 3 faculty members, our communications director, our justice and peace coordinator and me.’ Check out this great video
HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud addressed the Working Group on Girls in September 2012. Accompany the Princess is Ms Rima Salah, Former Deputy Secretary Representative of the Secretary General, United Nations to the Central African Republic and Chad and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director in NY for many years. Beth Adamson and Winifred Doherty, proud co-chairs of WGG are also in the picture.
WGG extends gratitude and appreciation of HRH Princess Basmah for her encouragement and support of the Girls’ Tribunal. Ms Rima Salah, has accompanied WGG since it beginnings and has been a mentor, member, friend and champion of WGG whether in NY or abroad. She is truly a global advocate for girls’ rights.
Congratulation Yvonne on having your article published in the International Psychology Bulletin entitled ‘Gender as an Obstacle to Good Health: Health Related Human Rights Violations and the Girl Child’ Yvonne Rafferty, Ph.D. Pace University. ”Health Challenges Confronting Girls. The double burden of being both female and young consigns millions of girls to the edges of humanity where their safety is rebuffed, their human rights are habitually ignored, and the challenges they encounter accessing the highest attainable standard of health are enormous (Grover, 2011; Grown, Gupta, & Pande, 2005; Murphy, 2003; Rosemann, Vargova, & Webhofer, 2011; United Nations Fund for Women [UNIFEM], 2011). As a result of gender stereotypes, social norms, and widespread discriminatory attitudes and behaviors, girls are all too often deprived of the same fundamental opportunities as boys; they are also less likely than their male peers to have decision-making control over their own lives and bodies; and even vital decisions affecting them are regularly made by their fathers, brothers, and husbands (Levine, Lloyd, Greene, & Grown, 2009; UNICEF, 2010a, 2010b). In addition, access to preventive and curative interventions is problematic, especially for girls who are living in poverty (UNICEF, 2011a; Victoria et al., 2003).” See pages 15 to 24 for the full article.
Two members of the WGG Ann Kelly, IBVM and Germaine Price, Daughter of Charity prepared the statement in collaboration with Research and Writing. The statement is now posted on the Commission Website and was endorsed by the following non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Council: Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, International Presentation Association of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Pan Pacific and South-East Asia , Women’s Association, Sisters of Charity Federation, Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries, The Grail, UNANIMA International, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, World , ORT Union and Zonta International.
“Girls (0-18), in particular, comprising a seventh of the world’s population (United States Census Bureau), suffer multiple disadvantages because of discrimination, violence and exclusion, and as such have limited capacity to control or change their lives. Yet a mounting body of evidence suggests that unlocking the potential of this particular section of the global population is a powerful means of achieving poverty eradication and social integration.” Read more