By Benjamin Flowers
The Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simples Barrow, made a presentation at the First Ladies High Level Forum held in New York on this week.
The event, hosted by the African Women Working Group, was a side event at the 69th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
The Special Envoy’s presentation on Tuesday was focused on “Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health,” with a focus on the circumstances affecting women and girls in Belize.
The goal of the forum is to use the points of discussion raised by the various contributors to produce an educational and training manual that will contribute to the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.
The forum was supported by he Nigerian Consulate General in New York, the United Nations Population Fund, the Jewelry Institute of America and the Joint Office for the Commonwealth Permanent Missions to the United Nations.
The delegates focused on the resolution adopted by the UN at the end of the Fourth World Conference on Women on 15 September 1995 called the Beijing Declaration. The delegates discussed the resolutions’ status after 20 years in terms of successes, challenges, and areas that need improvement.
At the Beijing Declaration countries affirmed their commitment to equal rights for men and women as well as their commitment to the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments.
At that time delegates also emphasized the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Declaration on the Right to development.