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International Women’s Day

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 08.03.2018, 14:42 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Dr. Carlo Marino Bericht 4711x gelesen

Rome [ENA] According to OSCE Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on the occasion of International Women’s Day, increased efforts are needed to advance women’s leadership and participation in public life if western societies are to achieve gender equality.OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office on Gender Melanne Verveer, and Director of the OSCE

Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir stressed that there is a need to create a level playing field for women so that they have an equal chance to succeed. The OSCE officials noted that despite women’s proven abilities as leaders and agents of change, they are underrepresented in managerial and senior professional positions, whether in elected office, the civil service, the private sector or academia.

OSCE Secretary General Greminger said: “The role of women as effective leaders, particularly in decision-making, is crucial for the effectiveness of our democracies, for the prosperity of our societies, and for peace and stability in our region.” Women have less opportunities to participate in decision-making and leading positions . Women have to challenge the general difficulties in combining family and career roles.

Special Representative on Gender Verveer noted that achieving gender equality is a societal responsibility that should fully engage men as well as women. “Ensuring women’s rights and increasing the focus on women’s meaningful participation at all levels is essential to make our societies more inclusive and resilient and to remove existing constraints and barriers to sustainable development.”  Gender equality is an indispensable prerequisite for inclusive peace, sustainable economic development and democratic governance.“In the OSCE, we recognize that all efforts to manage conflict and to establish long-term stability and peace require the inclusion of women and men on an equal basis,” ODIHR Director Gísladóttir declared.

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