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UAE calls for saving women under conflicts

posted on 25/10/2003: 1776 views

New York - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) called the international community to find just, comprehensive and permanent solutions to the tragic situation faced by women and children at conflict zones around the world. It appealed to major international players to step up their efforts to end these conflicts and rush aid to the population affected by wars. 'Despite the UN agencies' efforts for development of women, millions of women are still suffering from deteriorating living conditions due to poverty and spread of communicable diseases, notably AIDS,' said Mariam Al Shamsi, member of the UAE mission at the UN.

'Women also face sexual exploitation and harassment as well as violence under armed struggles and occupations,' she told a UN special session on women. 'We believe that the international community can work out comprehensive and permanent settlements of the tragic situation of women in regions plagued by conflicts,' she added. She also called for ending the suffering of women in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan. Speaking about women in UAE, Al Shamsi said that the UAE acknowledged their role as key partner and contributor to development and had enacted laws and legislations for the empowerment of women.

'Although the UAE has not joined the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), but it has been resolved in implementing laws that guarantee protection of women against all forms of discrimination and violence,' she maintained. Education is one area where women have made significant progress.

'Women now account 59 per cent of the total workforce and 57 per cent of university students,' she noted. She also highlighted the great role of the General Women's Union in the development of UAE women and referred to the decree which issued by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on the formation of the higher council for maternity and childhood. 'The UAE plans to host the third Arab women summit in November 2004,' she added. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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