The number of women entrepreneurs was also growing, with 35 per cent of small- and medium-sized enterprises being run by them. The Women Cooperative Programme for Family Welfare provided women with greater access to credit in rural areas. While the trend was not necessarily negative, a high degree of insecurity had been associated with migrant workers in the informal sector, and more so for women.
Moreover, gender equality was impossible without the active participation of civil society. The political structure, established by Ieyasu and solidified under his two immediate successors, his son Hidetada who ruled from and grandson Iemitsu , bound all daimyos to the shogunate and limited any individual daimyo from acquiring too much land or power. Menu Formats. Although trousers for women did not become fashionable until the later 20th century, women began wearing men's trousers suitably altered for outdoor work a hundred years earlier. Passage of the draft resolution would not lead to budgetary financial implications. It was also expected to hear introductions of six draft resolutions under the agenda item on social development and one draft resolution under the agenda item on crime prevention and criminal justice.
They were susceptible to violent acts from others. The Government was conducting advocacy and mediation, as well as providing legal counsel, for migrant workers abroad. It was engaging with the Governments of other countries to formulate mutually beneficial agreements on the protection of migrant workers. It was also working with the International Labour Organization to train Government officials on protection of migrants and collecting data. To promote their role outside of agriculture, the world would need to promote access to credit.
Further, collaboration among countries to fight violence against women migrant workers should be strengthened. It had consistently been committed to gender mainstreaming through administrative and legal measures, as well as through the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Also, gender-responsive programmes were constantly being strengthened to address emerging challenges. A progressive improvement had been seen in literacy rates among women, as well as in school enrolment rates of girls and women. Currently, the number of senior female civil servants was judged to be A chapter was devoted to the rights of women and children. Free medical treatment was provided for victims of domestic and sexual violence at temporary shelters that were being established nationwide.
Nigeria was also working to improve the education of girls by recruiting more female teachers, creating skill acquisition programmes for girls and women, and providing textbooks at subsidized rates, among other measures. Health system facilities were being scaled up. Notwithstanding these achievements, a number of challenges remained, she said. Many involved the health sector, particularly in the area of ante- and post-natal care. Global partnerships and effective national coordination were critical. While a national strategy had been created to this end, improved technical and financial support from development partners remained key to improving the interest and welfare of women and girls.
Nigeria supported the creation of a composite gender entity, in that regard. Jordan aimed to tackle the inhumane phenomenon of trafficking in persons and had set up an ombudsman to oversee questions of discrimination and violence. In addition, the fifteenth anniversary of the Cairo conference on population and development should be commemorated in such a way to shed light on women with disabilities, women living in rural areas, women who were displaced, and those living under foreign occupation.
Indeed, the issue of gender equality was multisectoral; it attracted tremendous attention from all United Nations organs. The full participation of women in economic, social and political life was key to reducing poverty and enhancing growth and governance. It was important to enhance the life of women, girls and their families. She noted that Millennium Development Goal 5, on maternal health, was one in which countries had made the least progress.
Most maternal deaths were preventable. She reminded States of their collective commitments in Cairo in Australia, Canada and New Zealand supported the recently adopted Human Rights Council resolution on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights. In March , the Commission on the Status of Women would undertake a 15 year review of Beijing, embodying the international commitment to the advancement of women. She asked States to seize that opportunity to renew their commitment to the Beijing Platform and ensure equal rights for men and women.
She supported the system-side coherence resolution calling for the creation of a composite gender entity, and expressed hope that it would be led by a strong and competent Under-Secretary-General. It required active participation from both men and women. The Millennium Development Goals set a deadline of for providing equal opportunities for women. Still, violence against women remained a global challenge. Impressive gains had been made, with Sri Lanka being ranked 36 out of in the Gender Development Index. He said programmes had been initiated to encourage women to generate income for their families by developing skills, including self-employment schemes.
The Government considered combating violence against women migrant workers to be a matter of high priority. Sri Lanka strongly supported efforts by United Nations agencies to promote targeted measures, including strengthening contractual agreements, control over recruitment agencies and information campaigns, in addition to general efforts to encourage Member States to implement relevant legislation. Sri Lanka had negotiated with several countries to which migrant women were sent to ensure their welfare and protection. As a country emerging from conflict, the Government was initiating special post-conflict programmes in its northern and eastern provinces.
A National Plan of Action for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights was being developed and would place special emphasis on women.
Counselling centres had also been set up to provide psychosocial support to displaced women and girls. MBUENDE Namibia began by highlighting the significant strides his country made in promoting and protecting the rights of women, citing the National Gender Policy of , which served to enhance the participation of women in political and decision-making processes. Legal reforms were made in order to address gender inequalities and redress issues of economic and social injustice brought about by discriminative cultural practices, patriarchal ideologies and historical imbalances, he said.
Some of the laws included the Married Persons Equality Act, which specifies equality of persons within civil marriage and does away with the legal definition of man as head of the house.
The Act also provided married women equal access to bank loans and equal power to administer joint property. The Affirmative Action employment Act identified affirmative action as a set of measures to ensure that all Namibians had equal employment opportunities and were equitably represented in the workforce, focusing on previously disadvantaged groups such as women and the disabled. In terms of the Communal Land Reform Act, Namibia had made remarkable improvements in the area of the development of women in rural areas, he said.
Under this law, land was to be allocated equitably and widows were given the right to remain on land allocated to their deceased husbands in rural areas, and the right to remain on the land was not affected by remarriage. On the issue of violence against women, the law entitled the Combating of Rape Act gave greater protection to young girls and boys and gave stiffer minimum sentences for rapists. The Combating of Domestic Violence Act made domestic violence a specific crime that includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, economic abuse, intimidation, harassment and emotional, verbal or psychological abuse.
Those measures, including the establishment of the National Gender-Based Violence Database System, had been put in place to curb the situation.
In alone, there had been over 11, acts of violence against women, including assaults, attempted rape and rape, bodily harm and murders, he said. Improving their situation was essential to development, poverty reduction, reducing infant mortality and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Around 53 per cent of the population in El Salvador were women.
The country had achieved gender parity in enrolment at the primary school level, and enrolment of women in secondary school and higher was higher than that of men. However, more adult women suffered from illiteracy. In the labour market, new areas had opened up for women. They were occupying higher management posts, including within the civil service. But, more domestic workers and factory workers were women, earning less than men for similar work. It was engaged in combating violence against women at the workplace, and was taking action against trafficking in persons.
But, effective implementation of United Nations conventions and other international instruments required that State officials be properly trained.
The country was currently working to ensure that was the case. Believing that gender equality was essential for democracy-building, he urged States to double their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and ensure effective compliance with international accords. If women did not have the same access to social, economic and cultural life, it made economies less competitive and deprived nations of essential talent.
There had been many failures in living up to agreed upon commitments since the original adoption of the Convention thirty years ago, she said. She drew attention to violence against women and girls, noting that gender-based violence was a human rights violation and had serious social and economic costs. She welcomed Security Council resolutions and , specifically addressing sexual violence in the context of armed conflict and the consequences of using rape as a weapon of war.
She encouraged all States that had not yet done so to sign and ratify the Statute of the International Criminal Court, which identified sexual violence in a time of war as a crime against humanity and as a war crime. While there had been advances in addressing gender equality legislatively in Slovenia, she said, practice did not always match national standards.
Ensuring a life free of gender-based violence, including domestic violence, was a substantive part of national policy. She said that domestic violence was defined as a separate criminal offence in the new penal code and that a Domestic Violence Prevention Act had been adopted last February.