Tuesday, March 10, 2015

IWD: Year 2015 Vital for Advancing the Cause of Women’s Rights, Ban Ki-Moon

TWS||Nick Waigwa

As the international community accelerates towards a new sustainable development agenda that will build on the Millennium Development Goals and shape policies and social investments for the next generation the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has termed year 2015 as vital for advancing the cause of women’s human rights.

The Secretary General who never minced his words in acknowledging the enduring value of the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women in his message for the 2015’s International Women’s Day said a transformative post-2015 development agenda must prioritize gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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Ban Ki Moon warned that the world would never realize 100 per cent of its goals if 50 per cent of its people cannot realize their full potential and urged for the unleashing of the power of women for the sake of securing the future for all.

Although he noted that the number of girls accessing education and women leading businesses, governments and global organizations has significantly increased, the Secretary General expressed great concern over the growing assault on women’s human rights by violent extremists.
“Women have been attacked for trying to exercise their right to education and basic services; they have been raped and turned into sex slaves; they have been given as prizes to fighters, or traded among extremist groups in trafficking networks.” Said Ki Moon
He urged the International Community to take a clear global stance against the assault on women’s human rights and translate its outrage into meaningful action, including humanitarian aid, psycho-social services, support for livelihoods, and efforts to bring perpetrators to justice.
He said that empowered women and girls are the best hope for sustainable development following conflict and further described them as the best drivers of growth, the best hope for reconciliation, and the best buffer against radicalization of youth and the repetition of cycles of violence.

Ban Ki Moon called for the backing up of the resolve to address gender inequality with resources based on the sure understanding that investments in gender equality generate economic progress, social and political inclusion and other benefits that, in turn, foster stability and human dignity.

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