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New York 27 February 2012 the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women has got under way with the call on National governments to redouble efforts towards the improvement of the living conditions of the rural women.
In her welcoming remarks, the Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Marjon Kamara who is currently serving as a Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women told delegates that the annual sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women afford Member States the opportunities to take stock, rejoice in progress made, rally around key issues and commit to move forward to bring real change to the lives of women and girls around the globe.
Ambassador Kamara explained that one of the key roles of the Commission on the Status of Women is to monitor progress and address remaining gaps in the implantation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. “This task is achieved in a number of ways: by examining the priority theme in an in-depth manner to determine the impact of actions taken, identify good practices and lessons learned, and agree on further steps directed at Governments and other stakeholders.”
She stressed that the work for gender equality is not the responsibility of women, or of one particular group of stake holders -rather a shared responsibility. “Realizing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a societal responsibility of governments, civil society, grass roots organizations, the private sector, of men and women, girls and boys everywhere” Ambassador Kamara noted that the Commission was keen on bridging the gap between commitments made at the global level and their accelerated implementation at the national level. According to Ambassador Kamara, such accountability is key for ensuring that the Beijing Platform for Action and subsequent commitments to gender equality translate into tangible results for women and girls in their daily realities. Accordingly, this session is being held under a priority theme “The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, in development and current challenges”
For her part, the United Nations Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro called for a more concrete and a participatory process geared towards enhancing the livelihood of rural women. She said that the rural women should be seen as key agents for change, adding that ad hoc interventions are not adequate in addressing their plights “Rural women hold much of knowledge needed to increase food security, poverty, prevent environmental degradation and maintain agriculture biodiversity. They are custodians and users of traditional knowledge, including on climate resilience, and managers of seeds, and often rely on native plants, including medicinal plants, and native food varieties and practices for their sustenance, health and well-being”
Mean while, the head of the Liberian delegation to the 56TH session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Julius Duncan Cassel, Minister for Gender and Development is expected to take part in the panel discussion tomorrow to give Liberia’s perspectives on the empowerment of the rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, in development and current challenges.
Written by Abu Kamara
Abu Kamara Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations cell +2153037962