Equality for Women is Progress for All

Mar 7, 2014

A woman at the Mother and Child Health Center teaches other women about post natal care during a visit to the hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.  AU UN IST PHOTO / TOBIN JONES

“As a father of three girls, International Women’s Day is close to my heart. I want my daughters to grow up in a world where men and women have equal opportunities.

This year’s theme ‘equality for women is progress for all’ couldn’t be more relevant to Somalia, a country where progress is what everybody is longing for. In order to achieve progress, let us champion women’s equality in Somalia by giving women a voice in politics, by empowering them so they can join the work force and contribute to the prosperity of their households and communities and by improving access to justice through a Sexual Offences Bill to better protect them from gender-based violence.”

Philippe Lazzarini,
Resident Coordinator for Somalia

This International Women’s Day UNDP is looking at how equality for women equals progress for all. Gender equality not only improves lives of women and girls, but also the prospects of families, communities and nations.

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