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联合国妇女署执行主任2012年国际妇女节致辞

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2010年7月,联合国大会决定建立一个在2011年1月1日开始运作的混合实体,即 联合国促进两性平等和妇女赋权实体(又称妇女署/UN Women)。

 

2010年7月,联合国大会决定(A/RES/64/289)建立一个在2011年1月1日开始运作的混合实体,即联合国促进两性平等和妇女赋权实体(又称妇女署/UN Women)。秘书处的两性平等问题和提高妇女地位问题特别顾问办公室及提高妇女地位司、联合国妇女发展基金和提高妇女地位国际研究训练所的现有任务和职能合并起来并移交给这一实体;该实体履行秘书处的职能,同时在国家一级开展业务活动。

  

妇女署在《联合国宪章》、《北京宣言和行动纲要》包括其十二个有关的主要领域、大会第二十三届特别会议成果以及支持、论述和推动两性平等和妇女赋权和提高妇女地位的相关联合国文书、标准和决议的框架内开展工作。

  

妇女署根据普遍性原则,在接获会员国要求时,通过开展支助规范制订工作和业务活动,为所有区域发展程度不同的所有会员国提供关于两性平等、妇女赋权和妇女权利以及两性平等主流化的指导和技术支助。

  

联合国妇女署的总部设在纽约,其运作经费既有联合国常规预算,也依靠自愿捐助。目前会员国已经确认,妇女署的运作经费至少需要5亿美元,是合并前四个机构运作资金总额的两倍。

 

以下为联合国妇女署执行主任米歇尔•巴切莱特(Michelle Bachelet)在2012年国际妇女节的致辞(新闻稿原文为英文)。

 

 

 

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet Calls for Women’s Equal Participation in All Spheres of Life as Fundamental to Democracy and Justice

 

Posted on March 5 2012 | Press Releases

UN Women Press Release

For immediate release

 

Media Contacts:

Oisika Chakrabarti, oisika.chakrabarti@unwomen.org, +1 646 781-4522

 

Ms. Bachelet will commemorate International Women’s Day in Morocco, in solidarity with women striving for equality.

 

Calling for women’s increased political participation and economic empowerment, with a focus this year on rural women, Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet underlines urgent actions needed to ensure gender equality, in her 2012 International Women’s Day message.

 

On 8 March Ms. Bachelet will commemorate International Women’s Day from Morocco, to underline the need for women in the region to be fully involved in the democratic transition processes. “Women’s full and equal participation in the political and economic arena is fundamental to democracy and justice, which people are demanding,” she says in her message. “Equal rights and opportunity underpin healthy economies and societies.”

 

The official UN observance for International Women’s Day, with the theme “Empower Rural Women: End Poverty and Hunger,” will be held at UN Headquarters in New York on 7 March, 10 a.m. to 12 noon (view flyer). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address the event along with other high-level officials and activists who work on issues related to rural women worldwide. Ms. Bachelet will join the gathering through a video message.

 

 

 

       Ms. Bachelet’s International Women’s Day message below:

 

Message of Michelle Bachelet

Executive Director of UN Women

 

International Women’s Day 2012
Empower Rural Women: End Hunger and Poverty

 

This International Women’s Day, I join women around the globe in solidarity for human rights, dignity and equality. This sense of mission drives me and millions of people around the world to pursue justice and inclusion. Looking back at the first year of UN Women, I applaud every individual, government and organization working for women’s empowerment and gender equality. I promise the highest commitment moving forward.

 

The creation of UN Women has coincided with deep changes in our world—from rising protests against inequality to uprisings for freedom and democracy in the Arab world. These events have strengthened my conviction that a sustainable future can only be reached by women, men and young people enjoying equality together.

 

From the government that changes its laws, to the enterprise that provides decent work and equal pay, to the parents that teach their daughter and son that all human beings should be treated the same, equality depends on each of us.

 

During the past century, since the observance of the first International Women’s Day, we have witnessed a transformation in women’s legal rights, educational achievements, and participation in public life. In all regions, countries have expanded women’s legal entitlements. Women have taken many steps forward. More women are exercising leadership in politics and business, more girls are going to school, and more women survive childbirth and can plan their families.

 

Yet while tremendous progress has been made, no country can claim to be entirely free from gender-based discrimination. This inequality can be seen in persistent gender wage gaps and unequal opportunities, in low representation of women in leadership in public office and the private sector, in child marriage and missing girls due to son preference, and in continuing violence against women in all its forms.

 

Nowhere are disparities and barriers greater than in rural areas for women and girls. Rural women and girls comprise one in four people worldwide. They work long hours with little or no pay and produce a large proportion of the food grown, especially in subsistence agriculture. They are farmers, entrepreneurs and leaders, and their contributions sustain their families, communities, nations and all of us.

 

Yet they face some of the worst inequities in access to social services and land and other productive assets. And this deprives them and the world of the realization of their full potential, which brings me to my main point on this International Women’s Day. No enduring solution to the major changes of our day—from climate change to political and economic instability—can be solved without the full empowerment and participation of the world’s women. We simply can no longer afford to leave women out.

 

Women’s full and equal participation in the political and economic arena is fundamental to democracy and justice, which people are demanding. Equal rights and opportunity underpin healthy economies and societies.

 

Providing women farmers with equal access to resources would result in 100 to 150 million fewer hungry people. Providing women with income, land rights and credit would mean fewer malnourished children. Studies show that higher levels of gender equality correlate positively with higher levels of per capita gross national product. Opening economic opportunities to women would significantly raise economic growth and reduce poverty.

 

The time is now.

 

Every human being has the right to live in peace and dignity. Every human being has the right to shape their future and the futures of their countries. That is the call for equality that I hear wherever I go. For this reason UN Women will place special focus this year on advancing women’s economic empowerment and political participation and leadership. We look forward to continued strong partnership with women, men and young people and with governments, civil society and the private sector.

 

Today on International Women’s Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to women’s rights and move forward with courage and determination. Let us defend human rights, the inherent dignity and worth of the human person, and the equal rights of men and women. 

 

 

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