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Kuwait pioneering in women empowerment: Sheikha Hessah
March 12, 2014, 9:57 am

The Kuwaiti government has been a pioneer in promoting gender equality and women empowerment, said Deputy Chairperson of the Cabinet's Women Affairs Committee Sheikha Hessah Al-Saad Al-Sabah.

"Kuwaiti government has ensured equality between women and men in all rights," Sheikha Hessah told Kuwait TV on the sidelines of her participation in the opening meeting of the 58th Session of Women Commission at the UN headquarters in New York late Monday. "All countries are aware of the success achieved by Kuwaiti women in all domains with the help of the government." She added that empowering women and boosting their contribution to different domains are a top priority for Kuwaiti government.

"Kuwait is one of a few countries where women have got all their rights." "Kuwaiti women have become MPs and ministers. God willing, a Kuwaiti woman will be a speaker of the National Assembly," she told Kuwait TV.

"Kuwait will be always pioneering in efforts to boost women status in all domains." She pointed out that the speeches in the opening session have tackled various educational, health, cultural and other problems facing women across the world.

In statements to KUNA, Undersecretary and Coordinator of Fatwa and Legislation Subcommittee at Kuwaiti Cabinet's Women Affairs Committee Huda Al-Shaiji said that a high-caliber Kuwaiti delegation headed by Sheikha Latifa Al-Fahad Al-Salem Al-Sabah has represented Kuwait in the opening meeting of the 58th Session of Women Commission.

She stated that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has delivered the inaugural speech of the session. In his speech, the UN Chief underlined the importance of the issues to be tackled during the meeting, she said. Al-Shaiji noted that Ban has also called for more efforts to ensure women empowerment in different domains particularly in policy and law-making as well as to address educational, health challenges facing women across the globe.

She added that the Kuwaiti delegation later joined a roundtable discussion on the main theme of the session; "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls".

Al-Shaiji told KUNA that during the roundtable, representatives of several countries have talked about the main achievements and big challenges relative to women status in their countries. The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session.
Priority theme of the session: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

Review theme: Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work, from the 54th session of the CSW.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946. The CSW is instrumental in promoting women's rights, documenting the reality of women's lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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