International Women’s Day 2021: Speech of the President of REFELA

More than 25 years ago on September 4, 1995, the Beijing Declaration was adopted, through which the governments of the member states of the United Nations pledged to, quote, “to achieve equal rights and the intrinsic dignity of men and women (…); to guarantee the full realization of the rights of women and girls as an inalienable, integral, and indivisible part of all human rights and all fundamental freedoms ”, end of quote.

Declaration mentions in paragraph 11 the following, and I quote: “We are convinced that the empowerment of women and their full participation on an equal footing in all spheres of social life, including decision-making and their access to power, are the essential conditions for equality, development, and peace ”, end of quote. This declaration, adopted more than 25 years ago, remains very relevant today.

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