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Agenda item 64: Advancement of women ( continued)
Agenda item 65: 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” ( continued)
The meeting was called to order at 10.20 a.m.
Agenda item 64: Advancement of women (continued) (A/60/38, A/60/62-E/2005/10, A/60/79, A/60/111, A/60/137 and Corr.1, A/60/165, A/60/206, A/60/211, A/60/274, A/60/281, A/60/371 and A/60/372)
Agenda item 65: 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” (continued) (A/60/111, A/60/170, A/60/211 and A/60/371)
10. Mr. Saeed (Sudan) ...
12. The plight of Palestinian women under the Israeli occupation required action by the United Nations to alleviate their suffering and to ensure that Palestinian women were able to enjoy the right to life and dignity.
30. Ms. Shahar (Israel) said that Israel believed, as a matter of democratic principle, that by supporting women it supported the whole of society, because women’s contributions to society were essential for its own advancement. It had accordingly always given priority to gender equality, the ultimate aim being a gender-blind society where citizens could rise as high as their ambitions and skills allowed, irrespective of other factors.
31. Israeli women were active in the political arena at all levels. In Israel’s parliament, where they had created a cross-party pro-women’s rights synergy exceeding their actual number, considerable attention had been given to women’s issues in the previous decade, resulting in the passage of numerous laws and further improving gender equality. One recent law made it mandatory for the Israeli Government to include women in any group assigned to peacebuilding negotiations and conflict resolution. Moreover, at the seminars it had sponsored to open dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian women, 50 per cent of the participants were Palestinian women.
32. Israel’s commitment to the advancement of women extended beyond borders throughout the region and the world, often in cooperation with the United Nations and other international bodies. It had provided training courses over the previous decade for hundreds of women throughout the world, emphasizing the role of women in development and entrepreneurship. It was also particularly active at the international level, recently hosting for instance an international conference for women leaders whose recommendations on gender issues within the Millennium Goals it proposed to bring to the attention of the High-level Dialogue of the General Assembly in June 2006. She stressed, in conclusion, that for her country the advancement of women was an ongoing effort of which it was proud and to which it remained committed, as it was to safeguarding the equality of all citizens.
33. Ms. Aljenaibi (United Arab Emirates) ...
37. Finally, with respect to the occupied Palestinian territories and Palestinian women in particular, the United Arab Emirates called upon the international community to compel Israel to respect the relevant international humanitarian laws, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention on the treatment of civilians.
The meeting rose at 1.15 p.m.
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