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President Bhandari: Gaps, Challenges Still Persist in Attaining Beijing+25 Women Rights Declaration

NEW YORK:- President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Ms. Bidya Devi Bhandari has expressed her concerns that the Beijing Declaration on women rights made on September 15, 1995 is not free of flaws and that gaps and challenges still exist vis-a-vis its implementation.

“Despite the steady progress achieved in the 12 critical areas of Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, gaps and challenges still persist in the full realization of women rights,” President Bhandari said.

President Bhandari further stressed that achieving women empowerment and gender equality are the only path to justice, peace, and progress.

Expressing concerns on the existing structural inequalities further aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, President Bhandari also called for a timely medical care, equal access to vaccine and robust recovery plans to address the economic and social needs of women and girls.

While highlighting Nepal’s major achievements on women empowerment, the President stated that gender agenda was mainstreamed as an integral part of the national development.

“We have strengthened law enforcement and implemented targeted interventions to end gender-based violence and discrimination,” the Nepal Mission in the UN quoted President Bhandari as saying in a statement.

The President underlined the need to continue the movement of women empowerment until gender stereotypes were eliminated, long-standing inequalities were rectified and full gender equality were achieved. She also reiterated the necessity to match commitments with actions at the national, regional and international levels.

President Bhandari was addressing a high-level meeting on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing+25) on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

The meeting was held under the theme “Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls” on the margins of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly.

A total of 175 leaders including 42 Heads of State/Government, five Vice Presidents, and 111 Ministers addressed the meeting.

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