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Haya Muqattash

Domestic Violence Against Women

Position Paper
Domestic violence is the aggressive behavior within the home towards
women. Women who have been physically or sexually abused by their
partners are more than twice as likely to have an abortion, almost twice as
likely to experience depression, and in some regions, 1.5 times more likely
to acquire HIV, as compared to women who have not experienced partner
violence. Mexico has made significant progress in the achievement of
womens rights, especially in key areas at federal level: strengthening of
national laws to ensure women and men equality and increased public
resources earmarked for gender equality. Despite the progress made,
women's rights in Mexico face a series of structural challenges; as in the
State of Mexico alone, more than 2,300 women have been killed over the
last nine years, six women are killed every day. Mexico has one of the
highest rates of gender violence in the world, with 38 percent of Mexican
women affected by physical, sexual or psychological abuse, compared with
33 percent of women worldwide. Two-thirds of female homicides occur in
the home, and 67 percent of women in Mexico suffer domestic violence. The
Mexican Institute for Women estimated in 2009 that 67 out of every 100
women aged 15 years and older have experienced some type of violence and
about 40 percent of the cases of violence take place in the womans home,
and the data suggests that most incidents likely involve either a current
partner or ex-partner. Moreover, Mexico is considered to be one of the most
dangerous countries for women.
Haya Muqattash
Domestic Violence Against Women
Resolution Paper
Committee: Human Rights Council

Question of: Lack of protection women rights and absence of

legal framework to address violence against womenby the State
of Morocco.

Reminding all nations of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of

the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent
dignity, equality and inalienable rights of all global citizens,

Reaffirming article 1 which states that all human beings are born free and
equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience
and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Noting with satisfaction the past efforts of various relevant UN bodies and
nongovernmental organizations,

Encouraging member states to work with UN agencies on protecting all

rights and ending violence against women

Urge Mexico as a member state to comply with the goals of the Human
Rights Council to end violence against women;
Request Mexico as a member state to adopt quick actions to better realize
women rights and to enact a law on violence against women in line with the
international standards; and

Stress the continuing need for impartial and objective information on efforts
made by Mexico to address domestic violence against women and help end