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Women have Power

When women are empowered, all of society benefits

16 November 2007 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today highlighted the importance of empowering women to build healthier, better educated, more peaceful and more prosperous societies.

“Study after study has shown us that when women are fully empowered and engaged, all of society benefits,” Ms. Migiro told the International Women Leaders Global Security Summit in New York.

“Only in this way can we successfully take on the enormous challenges confronting our world – from conflict resolution and peacebuilding to fighting AIDS and reaching all the other Millennium Development Goals,” she stated, referring to the ambitious set of anti-poverty targets the world has pledged to achieve by 2015.

She recalled that at the 2005 World Summit, leaders declared that gender equality and human rights for all are essential to advancing development, peace and security. Five years before that, the Security Council adopted resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

But while global goals and commitments on women’s empowerment are in place, “we still have far to go in implementing them fully – from school enrolment to women’s economic independence and representation in decision-making bodies,” she stated.

The Deputy Secretary-General noted that in almost all countries, women continue to be under-represented in decision-making positions; their work continues to be undervalued; and violence against women and girls continues unabated worldwide.

“Changing all this requires all of us – women and men – to work for enduring change in values and attitudes,” she said. “It means working in partnership – Governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector. It means men assuming their responsibility. It means ensuring that women and girls enjoy their full rights, and take up their rightful place in society.”


Goldie Davich's picture

How did you find PulseWIre?

I am curious how you came to be here!

Thank you for sharing this article. Is this one you wrote or is this a repost?

Goldie Davich, PulseWire Online Intern

Gene's picture

My finding PulseWire

My answer is in the new topic I started just below. I put it in the wrong spot, but there is a PS for you to read here:

Although almost all of my posts are reposts, there is always a link back to the original article. The article above was RSSed to me through one of my RSS subscriptions. The author's picture is on the post. There is another article from her also posted today on my blog with her picture. I am a fan of the UN as you can see.

NOTE: on my blog at Marianist Resources you can find my original post.

NOTE: In the article I shared with PulseWire, there is a link to the United Nations which leads to the original article. Is that sufficient?

Gene's picture

How I Found PulseWire

First came my blog. Two years ago I wanted to make a blog of resources for the Marianists. I have learned a lot about the world, about blogging, about human rights to the point where my blog has morphed into what it is now.

When I went global in my posts I began to become excited. About a month ago, someone from PulseWire made a link to my blog.

I looked at the magazine and was impressed with it as a possible source for my blog. 90% of my posts are reposts from somewhere else.

Shortly after this discovery, I was sent an email to Join PulseWire from (I forget her name now, but she was the first member of my Pulsewire community and her picture is out of sight right now).

I joined, because I was already impressed with Pulsewire.

Corine Milano's picture

You're an awesome asset to

You're an awesome asset to PulseWire, Gene.

I'm glad you joined--we're lucky to have you!

Corine Milano, Assistant Editor

--"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands."
Aung San Suu Kyi --

Gene's picture

Appreciation is a gift

Corine, your response was most encouraging. I still have how to learn to interact here in PulseWire. With my blog and PulseWire I can have fun in my retirement.

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