Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women

Ms Jackline Gomes – Beveridge Foundation’s Representative at the United Nation in the USA has recently attended the 62nd session of the UN that took place in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. The main theme addressed by the Commission was focused on ‘Challenges and Opportunities in achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls’. “It was a great experience for me to be a part of” -she said.

The outcome of this two-week-long sessions, known as the Agreed Conclusions adopted by the Member States, puts forth concrete measures to lift rural women and girls out of poverty and to ensure their rights, well-being and resilience. These include ensuring their adequate living standards with equal access to land and productive assets, ending poverty, enhancing their food security and nutrition, decent work, infrastructure and technology. It also focuses on women’s education and health, including their sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, and ending all forms of violence and harmful practices. At its conclusion, Member States recognize the important role of rural women in addressing hunger and food insecurity. This strong outcome provides a roadmap on further steps that governments, civil society and women’s groups can undertake to support the realization of rural women’s rights and address their needs.

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