Women's equal participation in decision making "a must"

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Martin Chungong. UN Photo/Zach Krahmer (file)

Women's equal participation in decision making in all sectors of society "is a must", according to the Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) a UN partner organization.

Martin Chungong spoke at an event on parliaments for gender equality on the margins of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The 59th Session is continuing in New York and is focussing on the progress made in promoting equality between men and women since the historic Beijing Women's Conference 20 years ago.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Martin Chungong described the Beijing Platform for Action as a "visionary roadmap for gender equality and women's empowerment."

He said that parliamentarians have a key role to play in passing laws that can be enforced to protect women's rights.

But Mr Chungong added that women are still under-represented in senior government positions.

"Women's equal participation in decision making is a must. Worldwide, 78 per cent of parliamentarians, 93 per cent of elected heads of state, 82 per cent of government ministers and 95 per cent of corporate executives are men. Enough said. We obviously need more women in leadership positions and decision making bodies in all sectors, in politics and in the economic and social spheres." (29")

The Secretary-General of the IPU said the increased participation of women must be promoted across the world.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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