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10 October 2000
Summary record of the 16th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Tuesday, 10 October 2000, at 10 a.m.
Mrs. Gittens-Joseph ....................................................................(Trinidad and Tobago)
Agenda item 107: Advancement of women (
Agenda item 108: Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the special session entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century” (
Organization of work
The meeting was called to order at 10.10 a.m.
Agenda item 107: Advancement of women
) (A/55/3, A/55/38, A/55/271, A/55/293, A/55/308, A/55/322, A/55/385, A/55/399, A/55/138-S/2000/693, A/55/162-S/2000/715, A/C.3/55/3 and A/C.3/55/4)
Agenda item 108: Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century
) (A/55/341, A/55/74, A/55/162-S/2000/715 and A/C.3/55.4)
57. Her delegation wished to emphasize that adequate measures must be taken to protect women and children living under occupation, including, in particular, women and children living in Palestine and in the occupied Arab territories. Yemen aspired to a world free of violence and discrimination against women, a world of justice and equity toward women, in a word, a world of gender equality.
(Observer for Palestine) stated that the convening in June 2000 of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”, five years after the Fourth World Conference on Women, had shown that the international community regarded the advancement and empowerment of women as highly important. The outcome document, adopted after difficult negotiations, reviewed the main achievements to date and set out further actions and initiatives required for fulfilment of the commitments that had been made in the 12 critical areas of concern in the Beijing Platform for Action. Considerable attention had been given to the issues of poverty, violence, discrimination and the situation of women in armed conflict, including women under foreign occupation. Such attention, however, must be transformed into action by means of more innovative approaches and additional resources.
59. The implementation of a viable plan of action for the advancement and empowerment of Palestinian women was seriously hampered by the continuation of the oppressive Israeli occupation. Such measures as the confiscation of land, the building and expansion of settlements, the Judaization of occupied East Jerusalem, the fragmentation of Palestinian land, the exploitation of natural resources, the detention of prisoners and denial of the right of return for refugees and displaced Palestinians had long prevented Palestinian women from developing their socio-economic potential and implementing the Beijing Platform for Action. Following the provocative visit by the leader of the Likud Party, Mr. Sharon, to the Haram al-Sharif in occupied East Jerusalem on 28 September 2000, violence had claimed over 80 lives and had resulted in the wounding of more than 2000 Palestinians. The international community had seen from photographs in the media that the occupying Power had used excessive force.
60. Despite all hardships, the Palestinian people, and Palestinian women in particular, had laid the foundations for the social, economic and institutional development of the Palestinian State, and had established the necessary educational, health and economic infrastructures, bearing in mind the issue of gender. All Ministries included women’s units. Cooperation between those units and non-governmental organizations had produced a national strategy which would serve as the basis for future plans to achieve equality, development, peace and prosperity.
61. Despite the recent events and their disastrous effects on the Middle East peace process, the Palestinian people and its leadership remained committed to achieving a comprehensive and just peace — a peace that would guarantee its inalienable rights, especially the right to self-determination and the creation of an independent State on all Palestinian territory occupied in 1967, the heart of which was Jerusalem, and would allow for the development, integration and advancement of all members of Palestinian society, including women in particular.
The meeting rose at 1.10 p.m.