United Nations Update

American Mothers, Inc. -   PRESS RELEASE

American Mothers, Inc., an NGO in special consultative status with the UN, celebrates the recent agreement and landmark code at the United Nations to combat violence against women and girls.

American Mothers, Inc., along with some 6,000 non-government groups was in New York for the Commission on the Status of Women meeting. Cheers and wild applause erupted when the accord was announced in the UN headquarters late Friday.

The last attempt by the UN commission to agree on a declaration on violence against women in 2003 ended in failure.

"The commission urges states to strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and girls and to refrain from invoking any custom, tradition or religious consideration to avoid their obligations with respect to its elimination," said the declaration.

It added that states should "devote particular attention to abolishing practices and legislation that discriminate against women and girls, or perpetuate and condone violence against them."

Countries should "address and eliminate as a matter of priority domestic violence," went on the declaration.

American Mothers, Inc. supports the vigilant fight against domestic violence and actively promotes efforts to break this destructive cycle of violence perpetrated against women and girls.