Countries urged to accelerate efforts for women empowerment
THE rights of women and girls, especially regarding their sexual and reproductive health, are not up for negotiation. They should be given as a matter of fact and not as a matter of fight. The world must act now and accelerate efforts to empower women, end gender-based discrimination and violence, female genital mutilation and child marriages.
These were some powerful messages delivered by world leaders and representatives of non-governmental organisations on the first day of the Nairobi Summit on the 25th International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
The three-day event aims to mobilise the political will and financial commitments to implement the Programme of Action agreed to by 179 governments in 1994, and confirmed unanimously in a political declaration in 2019.
The ICPD is organised at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, and hosted by the governments of Denmark and Kenya and UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency.