Vice Pres.: Empowering women, key factor in Iranian policymaking

United Nations, March 12, IRNA – A key factor in IRI Governmentˈs strategy is empowering women and girls in cultural, economic, and political fields, in planning, lawmaking, and policymaking, vice president for women and family affairs said here Monday.

Shahindokht Mowlaverdi who is in New York to participate in United Nationsˈ 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) made the comment addressing the gathering in the framework of a UN General Assembly session.

ˈWe are today at a fate-making era, trying to evaluate the objectives of the Millennium Statement and to devise a development plan for post-2015 period with a comprehensive and deep-sighted vision,ˈ she said.

Mowlaverdi said that the CSW58 has put a heavy responsibility on the shoulders of its participants in terms of practical and unbiased evaluation of the achievements and the challenges in the way of achieving the objective of the Millennium Development Plan for women and girls, and in implementing the Beijing Declaration and its implementation plan.

She said that regarding the Millennium Statement, the governments that have signed it have committed themselves to preserve the human dignity, respect, and global justice for women and girls.

ˈToday, despite the accepted commitments by the heads of the governments, women and girls are inappropriately and in various forms abused, which are continually interrelated with each other, such as economic and financial crises, food insecurity, destruction of the environment, poverty, and huger,ˈ she added.

The Iranian vice president referred to the tremendous efforts made by the Islamic Republic of Iran for preserving the womenˈs rights in the framework of its development plans, including strengthening the foundation of the families, which is in the agenda of the Iranian governmentsˈ national development plans.

Mowlaverdi said that the indexes for advancements achieved by the Iranian women and girls, in accordance with the UN human development indexes, show noticeable advancement in such fields as training, research, sciences, job creation, employment, and health.

ˈIt is noteworthy that despite the harsh and unprecedented sanctions imposed against my country, the human development indexes for the Iranian women have continually improved and the women in my country have continually pursued their movement towards the pre-determined objectives,ˈ she added.

She also referred to the role that the Iranian women played with their broad participation in recent presidential election, which led to coming to power of President Hassan Rouhaniˈs Prudence and Hope Government.

ˈThus, a new chapter in efforts and activities in the field of women and families was opened in the framework of the moderation dialogue,ˈ she said.

The Iranian vice president for women and familiesˈ affairs also referred to the changes faced by the women today, which she said could be effectively addressed only if the world would launch a united campaign against all types of terrorism and extremism, so that the vice of the women entangled in the course of the armed conflicts and in the occupied lands would be heard.

She ensured the CSW58 at the end that the Iranian delegation would cooperate with the UN gathering for turning it into a most fruitful one, especially in terms of implementing the development objectives of the Millennium Statement.

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are attending the session.

The NGO Advisories Themes:

Priority theme:

Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls;

The draft agreed conclusions are now available.

Review Theme:

Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work (agreed conclusions from the fifty-fifth session).

By IRNA

 

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