Thursday, March 5, 2015

Zeid calls on States to go "beyond lip-service Towards gender equality"

For International Women's Day, 8 March 2015

 GENEVA (5 March 2015) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein today highlight highlighted "the pressing Need for women to Participate in all discussions of Strategic responses to extremist violence, to discrimination, and to deprivation of all kinds."

"This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Programme of Action. Sixteen states can this Opportunity to go beyond lip service and Towards Gender Equality - Genuinely challenging and Dismantling the power structures and dynamics qui perpetuate discrimination Against Women, "he said.

"In Every Part of the World, Can Be done more to SafeGuard and supporting women's rights, access to emploi, health -. And Their Ability to take control of decisions That Affect Any appearance of Their Lives"

Zeid paid tribute to women human rights defenders everywhere, hailing Their bravery in the face of Tremendous obstacles.

"Real change Does not happen UNLESS men and women fight for rights thesis - and at the forefront of this fight are women human rights defenders," he said. "All of us, together: men, women, boys, girls - we all-have in to do this to Eradicate gender discrimination. Let us make it happen. "

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