Delegates: Ms. Leppälaakso, Mr. Birjulin
103. Ms. Leppälaakso (Finland), speaking as a youth delegate, in a pre-recorded video statement, said that the COVID-19 pandemic had led to an exponential growth in gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation, violent homicides against transgender women and systematic rape. Member States that had once been considered progressive had passed laws depriving women and girls of their right to make decisions regarding their own bodies. Young women and girls were exposed to violence and harassment not only in the physical world, but also online.
104. Mr. Birjulin (Finland), speaking as a youth delegate, in a pre-recorded video statement, said that those who had violated the rights of women and girls must be held to account. Gender-based violence and harassment, both online and offline, must be criminalized. All Member States should respect and ratify the international agreements for the protection of the rights of women and girls and implement national action plans on women and peace and security and on youth and peace and security.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/76/SR.2