UN Women hosted interaction between UN Secretary-General and Pakistani women parliamentarians

UN Women in collaboration with the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, National Commission on the Status of Women and UNDP, hosted a succinct but significant interaction between the UN Secretary-General, and a diverse group of women parliamentarians representing the cross-party political spectrum and different generations of law-makers; along with some of the most authoritative voices amongst women human rights defenders and activists.

UNWomen-interaction-Pakistani-women-parliamentariansThe parliamentary representatives shared their views on key issues of peace, security, democracy and development, and their constituent’s vision for advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Pakistan – and urged the Secretary General to carry their voices, aspirations and concerns back with him.

The human rights defenders and activists were acknowledged not only for their contributions but as incredible women for their ceaseless continued struggle for advancing women’s perpetually increased presence in decision making and for having led the way for equal rights for women in Pakistan.

The Secretary General termed the legislation regarding harassment, acid crime prevention and discrimination against women as highly commendable. Appreciating the contributions of women parliamentarians, he said that he hoped to see at least 30 percent women representation in the National Assembly in the near future. The Secretary General said that gender equality is a primary focus of the UN and that he is working to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions within the UN. He also informed the gathering that steps had been taken to address violence against women through his UNITE Campaign. Speaking about the drone attacks in Pakistan, he strongly condemned the killing of innocent civilians, including women and children, by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). He said the UN was holding 15 peacekeeping missions across the world and was committed to achieving its objective of maintaining peace. He congratulated the nation over transfer of power from one civilian government to another, terming it fruitful for democracy.

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