Women leaders from around the world have declared that boosting women’s political participation and decision-making is fundamental for democracy and essential for achieving sustainable development.
The event, one of a series of meetings being held this week on the margins of the 66th session of the General Assembly, brought together women heads of State and government, including President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago, Roza Otunbaeva of Kyrgyzstan and Finland’s Tarja Halonen, as well as numerous government representatives and UN officials. The UK was represented by the Home Secretary, Theresa May.
The meeting agreed a joint statement which calls for affirmative action across the world to address the democratic deficit caused by the absence of women and reaffirms the right of all women to participate freely and fairly in government at all levels.
Further details of the event can be found on the UN's website, here.
Commenting on the declaration, CFWD's Director Nan Sloane said: 'We welcome this declaration and its implication that UN member states are expected to act proactively in lifting some of the well-known barriers to women's political participation. Now we'd like to see how the UK government is proposing to implement the declaration's provisions.'
CFWD's up to date Factsheet on Women MPs Worldwide can be downloaded here.