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Source: Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
6 March 2009


Economic and Social Council
WOM/1723

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

Commission on the Status of Women
Fifty-third Session
9th & 10th Meetings (AM & PM)

DESPITE ‘RECORD YEAR’ GLOBALLY FOR WOMEN DECISION MAKERS IN PUBLIC SECTOR,

ROAD WAS LONG TO ACHIEVE PARITY WITH MEN, WOMEN’S COMMISSION TOLD

United Nations Development Fund for Women Says Even in Nations
With Quotas, It Will Take More Than 20 years for Women to Catch Up


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Background

The Commission on the Status of Women met today to continue its general discussion on follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000:  gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”.  It also held an interactive dialogue on “Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels”.

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General Discussion

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MAZAL RENFORD, Director, The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center of Israel, ...

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Noting that armed conflict took its toll on women on all sides of any dispute, she said women needed access to negotiation from the earliest possible stages to effectively promote their interests, including in a peaceful settlement.  Towards that end, Israeli law mandated that women must be included in any group undertaking peacebuilding negotiations.  While the existing situation was not good for either Palestinian or Israeli women, the statement by the Palestinian Minister for Women’s Affairs had conspicuously made no mention of Hamas or terrorism.  That was regrettable since ongoing terrorism impeded women’s programmes, and that issue should be addressed.

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ALYA AL-THANI ( Qatar) ...

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...  She called on States to support Palestinian women in Gaza in terms of health care and social services to help them mitigate the impact of the current crisis emanating from Israel’s occupation.

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