UN: IPU says women's equal participation in decision making 'a must'

New York, US PANA) - Mr. Martin Chungong, Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a UN partner organization, on Wednesday in New York, said women's equal participation in decision making in all sectors of society is a must.

Mr. Chungong, spoke at an event on "Parliaments for gender equality" on the margins of the ongoing 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

He said: "Women's equal participation in decision making is a must. Worldwide, 78 per cent of parliamentarians, 93 per cent of elected heads of state, 82 per cent of government ministers and 95 per cent of corporate executives are men.

"We obviously need more women in leadership positions and decision making bodies in all sectors, in politics and in the economic and social spheres, and the increased participation of women must be promoted across the world."

The IPU scribe noted that women were still under-represented in senior government positions, and described the Beijing Platform for Action as a "visionary roadmap for gender equality and women's empowerment".

Mr. Chungong also said that determined and concerted action was needed globally for gender parity in parliament, although the percentage of women MPs in the world had nearly doubled in the past 20 years.

"Since 1995, when the Beijing Platform for Action on women’s empowerment was adopted, the global average of women in parliament has increased from 11.3 per cent to 22.1 per cent. Women MPs have gained ground in nearly 90 per cent of the 174 countries, but more action is needed to overcome the slow pace of progress to equality," he stated.

He added that parliamentarians around the world had a key role to play in passing laws that could be enforced to protect women's rights and empowerment.

The 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women is focusing on the progress made in promoting equality between men and women since the historic Beijing Women's Conference 20 years ago.
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