Women as Agents of Change: Advancing the Role of Women in Politics and Civil Society

June 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

In testimony to Congress today, Esther Brimmer (Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs) outlined the U.S.’s goals and strategies for empowering women across the globe. One strategy is to combine the UN’s four existing gender-related bodies into a single, more influential one:

“Under the leadership of Secretary Clinton, Ambassador Rice, Ambassador Verveer and myself, the United States is hard at work with international partners to reform the UN’s gender related institutions. These efforts have resulted in consensus adoption of UN General Assembly Resolution 63/311 in September 2009. The resolution calls for consolidating the four existing UN gender-related bodies into a gender composite entity headed by an Under Secretary-General, a status higher than current configurations. We believe this move will elevate women’s issues to their rightful status.”

Other areas of focus are: the Millennium Development Goal on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women; Women, Peace and Security; Combating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Implementation of UNSCR 1888; Education; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); and the Commission on the Status of Women.

Read the full text of the speech here: http://www.state.gov/p/io/rm/2010/142907.htm

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