Anne Brasseur addressed LI Executive Committee

Attending the 188th Liberal International Executive Committee Meeting on 30-31 March in Barcelona, Mrs Anne Brasseur, President of ALDE, addressed the human rights committee panel on "Strong Women as a Force For Change: the Arab Spring and Beyond".

Opening her speech, Mrs Brasseur observed:

"Starting up a year ago as a popular upraising for change, the Arab spring gave hope to men and women across Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Morocco and stretching out to Bahrein, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Syria.

Women's hope for change, for a better future, for descent lives were of course no different from those of men, who took out to the streets and protested on the Internet. But there was more. A year ago we all clearly saw that Arab women were equal to Arab men in their desire to be involved in the building of the future of their countries. And quite justly women demanded that this equality and political role be recognised.

A year have passed. In some countries the popular upraising is still burning. Some other started political reforms. The situations, as I could observe it in Tunisia as rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly, remain highly instable: in economy, security and political issues.

Unfortunately the more the Arab countries progress in their revolutions, the more one may get the feeling that women are being left behind. That their demands for rights and equality are being forgotten or sacrificed."

In conclusion, Mrs Brasseur made several critical remarks:

"We too often tend to forget that women's rights are not exclusive rights of a particular group. Women are not a group. They are humans and equal to men. Their rights are universal human rights [].

Demanding equality on international arena, we, international organisations and NGOs, should not loose the connexion with the social reality that women face every day on local level - in their countries, cities, villages and homes. We are often criticized for imposing our own agenda and vision in the struggle for the respect for human rights. Let us remain vigilant to the fact that universal human rights stem from multiple local problems: access to education, health, social security, etc.

So let me conclude with the following: women's rights are actually human rights. What we demand for women is no different from what we expect for men. So going back to the title of this panel, I would rather say, strong human rights as a force for change. And that is true not only for the Arab world, but for other parts of the world too. "


Added on 02-04-2012

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