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UNITED NATIONS
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Fifty-ninth General Assembly
Third Committee
14th & 15th Meetings (AM & PM)
GA/SHC/3785
15 October 2004


SPEAKERS REAFFIRM MILLENNIUM DECLARATION'S CALL FOR WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT,
 
AS THIRD COMMITTEE CONCLUDES DISCUSSION OF ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN

Many Agree on Need for Women’s Access
To Resources, Opportunities for Progress in Poverty Eradication


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Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to conclude its general discussion of the advancement of women and implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”.  For additional background information please see the introductory statements contained in Press Release GA/SHC/3782 of 12 October.

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Statements on Advancement of Women

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MOHAMED SAMIR KOUBAA (Tunisia) ...

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He said migrant women in particular were living under precarious situations. Tunisia called on the international community to step up efforts to protect the rights and well-being of migrant workers through bilateral, regional and international cooperation. Palestinian women living in the occupied territories were especially vulnerable, and their rights must be protected according to international human rights and humanitarian law.

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RANIA AL HAJ ALI (Syria) ...

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...  Foreign occupation violated the basic rights of human beings and ran counter to all international laws.  Syrian women and Palestinian women in occupied territories were deprived of all basic rights.  Discrimination was used against them in the most heinous manner by the Israeli occupying forces.  Syria wished to stress that the advancement of women would be incomplete without an end to occupation.

Statement in Exercise of Right of Reply

The representative of Israel, exercising his right of reply, said Israel was doing all it could to improve the situation of Palestinian women by providing them with assistance in health services and education.  Israel strove to protect the civil and human rights of Palestinian women as much as possible, while still protecting its own people.  The best way to improve the lives of Palestinian women was to end Palestinian acts of terror.  Only through a return to peace could the lives of Palestinian women truly improve.  As to the misleading accusations that Israel was occupying part of south Lebanon, he said, as confirmed in a recent Security Council Resolution, that the only foreign military force existing on Lebanese soil was the one maintained by Syria.

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