Washington D.C., October 22, 2020. ? The governments of Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Uganda, and the United States led the virtual signing of the "Geneva Consensus Declaration" on Thursday, October 22, which has been joined by more than 30 countries representing every region of the world with a population of more than one and a half billion people worldwide.
This historic declaration takes its name from the fact that it was made in the context of the 2020 World Health Assembly that was to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, but which, due to the global pandemic situation caused by COVID-19, did not take place.
The document establishes a turning point in the recent international landscape with regard to the interpretation that has been given to the promotion of women's and family health; the Declaration recovers universally recognized human rights that have been denaturalized in recent times and at the same time crystallizes essential principles in favour of women, the family and national sovereigntyThe international community, which must be at the centre of all international policies and programmes, must be at the heart of all policies and programmes.
Despite the repeated articulation of these principles by UN member states, UN policy over the past decades has marginalized mothers, relegated the family and undermined national sovereignty both normatively and programmatically.
The Geneva Consensus can be a suitable instrument for a transformation of multilateral policy, being used as a catalyst for the consolidation of the family as a primordial pillar of humanity.
Our global platform Women of the World considers itself particularly challenged in the fifth point of the Declaration as it contains the basic principles that gave rise to our foundation almost 7 years ago:
We reaffirm that ?the family is the natural and fundamental element of society and is entitled to the protection of society and the State?that "motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance".and that "women play a decisive role in the family".as well as reaffirming the contribution of women to the "well-being of the family and the development of society"..
Principles that underlie the binomial of femininity and masculinity, since the father and the mother each have their own identity and their essential, but different and complementary role in the family. Basic elements such as defence and promotion of motherhood, which should be recognized as a dignity and an incalculable value.ensuring their social and political support. Values such as Recognition of the role of women in the family and in society..
The mission of Women of the World is revalidated in this Declaration and our platform confirms the principles that underpin its work around the world.
We extend our congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the six nations who have led the endorsement of this significant Declaration and to those who have adhered to it.