Commitments are expected to cover a range of issues addressing the most pressing barriers for women, such as increasing investment in gender equality, reaching parity for women at all levels of decision-making, eliminating discriminatory legislation, and addressing social norms that perpetuate discrimination and violence against women. (Westcott, 9/27).
“Today, world leaders are signaling their personal responsibility for gender equality and women’s empowerment,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Sengupta, 9/26).
It all started with a tweet where Hillary Clinton called Chinese president Xi Jinping “shameless” for co-hosting a United Nations summit on women’s rights given the country’s past record. (Sengupta, 9/27).
“We have been saying to the governments holding these prisoners, and others like them: if you want to empower women, don’t imprison them on the basis of their views or beliefs”, Power wrote in a statement Sunday. (Martina/Nichols, 9/28).
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks Sunday at a United Nations meeting on gender equality.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, one of the 89 leaders to take the rostrum, said that if any developing country wished to achieve its national potential, “it makes no sense to restrict the talent and energy of women”. He added that China would also initiate 100 health-oriented projects in the next five years, help create schools and host 30,000 women from developing countries in China-based training programs.
“While we are pleased that two of the women we highlighted are no longer behind bars, none of the women we have profiled in this campaign should be in prison at all”, Power told The Associated Press on Saturday.
President Michael D Higgins has said that Ireland has yet to achieve gender equality, and called on the worldwide community to do more to end inequality and violence against women.
“It is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families, and that includes being forced to have abortions or being sterilized against their will”.
“Female rights activists of all ages in China, including the Tiananmen Mothers, Liu Xiaobo’s wife Liu Xia, and the five young feminists, have been detained, persecuted or held under the white terror of surveillance just for bringing up matters to do with the rights and well-being of women”, Lau said. “It’s bash China time”, she said. One user cited traditional expectations of womanhood and said Clinton “abandoned her grace and self-restraint”, her words unbecoming for someone who served both as First Lady and Secretary of State. “We will have an opportunity to hold China more responsible for human rights and women’s rights”.
President Anastasiades said the Cyprus has done a lot in the empowerment and the realization of human rights for women and girls, by promoting a number of concrete measures and policies, as well as investing in the empowerment of women.
On a recent morning, dozens of women gathered in a hotel conference room in the Chinese capital for a debate about the impact of the 1995 event dubbed “Re-launching Beijing”. And it is why my Administration’s Stand With Civil Society initiative is supporting the right of women and all people around the world to work peacefully for the betterment of their societies without fear that their rights and freedoms will be unjustly abridged.