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Women issues on UN agenda

Geraldine Panapasa
Thursday, April 10, 2014

EMPOWERMENT and education are critical factors when dealing with women and gender equality.

UN under-secretary-general and high representative for the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states, Gyan Chandra Acharya, said issues affecting women were on the agenda of UN's overall program for the Pacific.

"One of the five major themes we are focusing on includes women," he said.

"There is a strong message that's coming from all the member states about women's equality and empowerment.

"People are saying that may not be enough but among all the goals, you have to mainstream those efforts such as public services and education.

"Violence against women is a major problem around the world. There is strong international awareness and legal mechanisms in place.

"We've made a lot of progress but there is still a long way to go and I think there is a lot of potential for that in terms of empowerment activities."

He said women's issues were not just for women, and the focus was to encourage strong support for women from men.

Mr Acharya said economic growth was taking place around the world but it was not inclusive.

"Similarly we are seeing poverty reducing but it is not fully inclusive. It is not looking at the poverty level of rural areas and poverty among women.

"We think that if we are really trying to make the world safe, secure and prosperous, for all, he said we must not leave anyone behind."

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