UN body stands with women in global anti-racism protests

Diplomatic Correspondent

11 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The UN women’s rights committee has called for a new era of human rights and gender justice, stressing that the lives of black women and girls also matter.

In a statement issued in Geneva on Friday, the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) said it stood in solidarity with the millions of women and girls who joined the protests after the killing of George Floyd, insisting that their voices calling for an end of racism be heard.

The violence inflicted on George Floyd by four police officers in the United States in May has generated anti-racist protests and solidarity movements throughout the world.

While the majority of killings have been of African American men, African American women, including Yvonne Smallwood, Aiyana Jones, Sandra Bland, and Breonna Taylor, have also been victims of police brutality.

Taylor was a 25-year-old emergency medical technician who was shot in her bed when police raided the wrong house in March 2020.

The committee affirms that women and girls are also victims of racism and are directly and indirectly affected by racial injustice and discrimination. While African descendants are especially affected, the committee is also concerned about systemic racism and discrimination against indigenous and Roma women and girls throughout the world.

In this International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015–2024, declared by the United Nations, the committee said it stood in solidarity with the family, friends and community of all victims of systemic racism and racist violence globally, and all who have risen in justifiable indignation.