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11 October 2005
General Assembly
GA/SHC/3819

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixtieth General Assembly
Third Committee
10th Meeting (PM)

GENDER EQUALITY, WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT ESSENTIAL TO VISION OF WORLD FREE FROM WANT,
FEAR, THIRD COMMITTEE TOLD, AS DISCUSSION OF WOMEN’S ISSUES BEGINS


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Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met this afternoon to begin its general discussion on the advancement of women.

The Committee had before it a report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (document A/60/38), which provides information on matters brought to the attention of States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and to the Optional Protocol.  It also discusses activities carried out under the Optional Protocol.

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Statements by Delegations

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MAGED ABDELFATTAH ABDELAZIZ (Egypt) said there was no doubt that the advancement of women and the implementation of the results of the fourth World Conference on Women and the General Assembly’s twenty-third special session on gender equality, development and peace had all acquired increased significance.  That was reflected in the growing international conviction of the importance of the advancement of women and in the enabling of women to exercise their rights alongside men.  His Government had adopted an ambitious path in order to enhance the equality between men and women and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.  It was adopting a strategy that was based on empowering women politically, economically and socially.  From an economic viewpoint, it had succeeded in integrating women’s issues with the purpose of enabling women to fully participate in development and to eliminate gender inequities.

... He added that the report regarding Palestinian pregnant women and their mistreatment at Israeli checkpoints provided a dark picture of their suffering, and reaffirmed the importance of ending the inhumane practices against the Palestinian people.


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