Kuwait on Tuesday urged the UN to carry on with its support to countries’ efforts to counter trafficking in women and girls. This is likely to secure positive results, said Kuwait’s statement to the 71st UN General Assembly’s 3rd Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee. Delivering the statement, economic researcher Hayam Khalid Al-Fassam added that achieving development in a society relies on equality between men and women, as partners.
Kuwait’s Constitution provides that all people are “peers in human dignity and have, in the eyes of the Law, equal public rights and obligations, Al-Fassam said. She added that in line with recommendations of the UN Secretary General, Kuwait has made a multitude of arrangements to promote women status and to reserve their rights.” Al-Fassam cited Kuwaiti legislations that guarantee equality of wages between men and women in both the public and the private sector, for example. In addition, women have also found their way to the military and judiciary posts.
In addition, Kuwait’s development plan 2019-2020 comprises goals on empowering women and boosting their capabilities, through reviewing relevant legislations by a joint panel, she told the UN meeting.
Kuwait is also encouraging education of females, she said, noting that girls constitute 52 percent and 66 percent of students in education and higher education respectively. She pointed to the great attention paid to the health of Kuwaiti women. Kuwait is a signatory of a host of agreements and protocols on women: the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, which is related to trafficking of persons, particularly women and children.