US: US govt reaffirms commitment to achieving gender equality

New York, US (PANA) - The US government has reaffirmed its commitment to achieving gender
equality, saying "it is a commitment we will, and we must, keep as the global community shapes the Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years."

''Our path forward is clear. We must prevent and respond to gender-based violence. That’s not only essential for our collective humanity; it’s critical for our collective security,'' US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement made available to PANA in New York.

The statement was issued late Sunday to commemorate the International Women's Day.

The American government urged other governments to open the doors for women to fully
participate in societal development, including as farmers, entrepreneurs, engineers, executives and leaders of their countries.

It also stressed the need to invest in the next generation of women by making sure girls can go to school in a safe environment, and they should be able to graduate, as well as empowered to be part of their community.

"I will never forget the story of a young woman named Haleta Giday, who I met last year at President Obama’s Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

"She had graduated from one of the best schools in Ethiopia. She could have had her pick of jobs. She chose to represent women and children who were the victims of violence and when Haleta saw how many widows went bankrupt after they lost their husbands, she began a campaign to educate women about their legal and financial rights," he said.

Mr. Kerry said that, US would continue to reaffirm its commitment to ensuring that women and girls everywhere enjoy the same freedoms and rights as anyone else.

"On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the courage and contributions of women and girls around the world. The fundamental truth is that no society can reach its full potential if it leaves 50 percent of its people behind," he said.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday said gender equality was vital for the
world to fulfill its potential and called for global action to empower women in all spheres of human endeavour.

Ban made the statement in a brief address to thousands of women, men and children, who marched through Manhattan district in New York City to celebrate the International Women's Day.

The UN chief urged participants to continue to promote women rights and empowerment and to demand gender equality.

"When you hold back half of our population, we cannot realise 100 per cent of our potential, and we have to fully respect and use the potential of all of our women," he said.
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09 march 2015 07:48:26

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