Women in Middle East and North Africa a source of inspiration

The courage and determination of women in the Middle East and North Africa are a source of inspiration for those striving to achieve full respect for human rights.

Woman and child fleeing violence in Libya

That’s what the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has said in the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to mark International Women’s Day.

The theme of this year, which is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, is “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.”

“Women are demanding rights, freedoms and democracy. They are leveraging their knowledge and determination to gain influence and space. The courage and determination of women in the Middle East and North Africa should be a source of inspiration for all of us, women and men striving to achieve full respect for human rights in general and the right to education for girls and women in particular.’

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