RESOLUTION ON

WOMEN AND GIRLS MADE VULNERABLE BY ARMED CONFLICT, CRISIS OR MINORITY STATUS

    1. Reaffirming the importance of the OSCE participating States’ existing commitments on gender equality, tolerance and non-discrimination, improving the situation of Roma and Sinti women and girls within the OSCE area, and preventing violence against women, including the Ministerial Decision on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women (MC.DEC/7/14/Corr.1),

    2. Outraged by credible reports of sexual violence, exploitation and abuse of women and girls affected by armed conflict and displacement in parts of the Mediterranean region and the Middle East, and cognizant that security in the OSCE area and in these regions is linked,

    3. Expressing deep concern regarding the particular vulnerability of Indigenous, Roma and Sinti women and girls, and women and girls from other minority groups in the OSCE region, to violence, including sexual violence, as well as other forms of exploitation and abuse,

    4. Emphasizing that preventing and responding to sexual violence, exploitation and abuse of women and girls significantly contributes to comprehensive security in and around the OSCE region,

    5. Expressing concern at the fact that violence against women and girls remains at a high level and that vulnerable groups of women have limited access to justice,

    6. Noting that in the past decade the world has faced new threats and challenges, such as growing internal and external migration among women and the rise of the influence of religious fundamentalism,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Calls on participating States to ensure that the specific needs of women and girls are incorporated into all aspects of humanitarian assistance programming, and that addressing violence against women and girls, including sexual violence, is prioritized;

    2. Calls on participating States to enhance educational and vocational training and economic opportunities for women and girls, especially those affected by armed conflict or crisis and those from minority groups, as a means to reduce their vulnerability to violence, including sexual violence, exploitation and abuse;

    3. Calls on OSCE parliaments and parliamentarians to begin or enhance the collection of sex-disaggregated data, and to ‎use effective gender-based analysis tools to ensure that public policy is evidence-based;

    4. Calls on OSCE parliamentarians to promote action and to work together with civil society to combat all forms of violence, including sexual violence, against women and girls, and to end child, early and forced marriage and other forms of gender based exploitation and abuse, taking care to address the specific needs of those made vulnerable as a result of armed conflict, crisis or minority status;

    5. Encourages the OSCE and participating States to adopt action plans on the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and urges parliamentarians to take an active role in reviewing the effectiveness of their implementation;

    6. Calls on countries in the OSCE region to make every effort to create a society free from violence, corruption and xenophobia and to create conditions and opportunities in which every member of society can gain access to quality healthcare, education, justice and personal security.