Rio+20: UN official says women empowerment vital to sustainable development
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New York, US – The Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Ms. Michelle Bachelet, has said sustainable development will not be achieved without empowering women. In a statement she made available to PANA in New York, Ms. Bachelet therefore said the importance of their (women) participation must be reflected in all aspects of the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
‘We cannot afford to leave women marginalized. This is not sustainable. This social exclusion of women is not only hurting women, it is hurting all of us.
‘The outcome document must highlight women’s roles throughout the entire text, as their participation permeates all aspects of sustainable development, including agriculture, education, environmental management and decision-making, among others.
‘Women’s contribution should not just be as an isolated paragraph in the text but should be mainstreamed in all the aspects of it,’ she said.
The UN official also emphasized actions that world leaders must undertake to fully integrate women into societies so they could contribute and benefit from sustainable development.