IN RESPONSE TO THE PRESENTATION BY THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE ANNUAL EVALUATION REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2004 OSCE ACTION PLAN FOR THE PROMOTION OF GENDER EQUALITY AND REPORT BY THE SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHAIRPERSON-IN-OFFICE FOR GENDER ISSUES

Delegation of Turkey to the OSCE 25.10.2012
STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF TURKEY
IN RESPONSE TO THE PRESENTATION BY THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE ANNUAL EVALUATION REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2004 OSCE ACTION PLAN FOR THE PROMOTION OF GENDER EQUALITY AND REPORT BY THE SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHAIRPERSON-IN-OFFICE FOR GENDER ISSUES, H.E. MS JUNE ZEITLIN
927TH PERMANENT COUNCIL
25 October 2012


Mr. Chairperson,

We would like to thank both the Secretary General and the Special Representative of the Chairperson in Office on Gender Issues Mrs. Zeitlin for their reports.
Turkey attaches importance to contributing to the international efforts to achieve gender equality. Therefore we have appreciated the decision by the Irish Chairmanship to nominate a Special Representative on Gender Issues. We also would like to thank Special Representative Ms. Zeitlin for her dedicated work throughout the year.

We agree with the areas on which Ms Zeitlin focused her work this year and will examine her recommendations in her report concerning specific action.

As regards violence against women, let me inform you that the Turkey became the first (and for the time being only) country to ratify the “Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence” mentioned in Ms Zeitlin’s report. The provisions of the Convention have been duly incorporated into national legislation with the new law on “Protection of the Family and Elimination of Violence Against Women”, which was adopted by our parliament on 8 March 2012. Like Ms. Zeitlin, we encourage others to act likewise.

On woman, peace and security, we would also like to attract the attention of the Permanent Council to the draft Ministerial Council decision on an OSCE-Wide Action Plan on the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Turkey is co-sponsoring this draft decision together with Austria and Finland. Our objective is to make an assessment on the added-value of the OSCE in this field, identify areas where we can contribute to the implementation of Resolution 1325 by participating States and adopt an OSCE wide Action Plan to be carried out with a multi-year approach. This is also a recommendation endorsed by Ms. Zeitlin. The OSCE’s comprehensive and cooperative approach to security constitutes the basis of our endeavours in this regard.

To be able to move forward with the objectives set in this resolution, we thought it to be appropriate to prepare a short and crisp ministerial council decision and annex our proposal of an action plan, which incorporates possible areas of concrete OSCE work in this field. Stressing once again the need for a continual, comprehensive and forward looking approach to all aspects of women, peace and security, we look forward to the support of all delegations in order to be able to adopt this decision.

Turning to the other report submitted today, we welcome the progress that the OSCE has made in a number of areas in the implementation of the 2004 OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality. We are pleased to note in particular that there is greater gender awareness in recruitment policies and the working environment at the OSCE structures. We are of the view, however, that there is still much to be done in ensuring gender equality in the field of recruitment without prejudice to the quality of the work. We concur with the Secretary General that it is time for the OSCE to take stock of the experiences gained since the adoption of the 2004 Action Plan with a view to developing a more structured approach. Our delegation is committed to contribute to his exercise.

Finally, we wish to thank the Secretary General, as well as the Chairperson in Office for Gender Issues Ms. Zeitlin for all their efforts in this area.

Thank you Mr Chairman.