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|Side Events of the 56th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women|
|By UPF Office of UN Relations|
|Wednesday, March 14, 2012|
New York, USA - In parallel and side events during the 56th Session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, UPF representatives spoke about strengthening the family and combating trafficking of women. Thousands of women traveled to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to attend governmental, intergovernmental, and NGO meetings from February 27 to March 6 regarding the concerns of women around the globe. The theme this year was “The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development, and current challenges.”
UPF was represented at a number of events:
Several parallel events related to UPF's focus on the importance of stable families and marriages as one key for preventing discrimination, alleviating poverty and combating social exclusion of women:
Sessions organized by UN Women highlighted best practices in countries such as Timor-Leste, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Guatemala, and El Salvador. UN Women was established by a UN General Assembly resolution in 2010, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Ms. Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile, as Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. UN Women is working to have women be the agents as well as subjects of change; it pursues integrated, sustained approaches to uplifting rural and disadvantaged women.
Why the focus on rural women at these events? Out of the 7 billion people in the world, 1 billion live below the poverty line of $1.25 per day. Women are the majority of the poor, and the majority of the poor live in rural areas; thus, rural women are doubly disadvantaged by being women and by being rural. Traditional practices often limit women's ownership of property and land inheritance, and they may have little access to health care and education. While women produce 60 to 80 percent of the food consumed, but own only a fraction of the land and receive less than 10 percent of all loans and 5 percent of technical assistance resources.
"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," Ms. Bachelet said in her message on International Women's Day, March 8. "These events have strengthened my conviction that a sustainable future can only be reached by women, men and young people enjoying equality together." She added that during the coming year, UN Women will focus on advancing women’s economic empowerment, political participation, and leadership.