Helen Clark’s statement on International Women’s Day 8.3.15

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Helen Elizabeth Clark, ONZ SSI (born 26.2.50) became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999 – 2008). Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social and cultural spheres. >> More

Helen Clark: Statement on International Women’s Day
New York, New York

8 March 2015

This week, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which remains the world’s best blueprint for achieving gender equality and empowering women. The review of this visionary roadmap, adopted at the Fourth World Conference for Women in 1995, is an opportunity to celebrate the world’s progress toward ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls, and also to renew and reinvigorate commitments to achieve gender equality.

One of the great achievements of the Beijing Platform for Action was the clear recognition that women’s rights are human rights. Since that historic gathering in Beijing, when 17,000 participants and 30,000 activists gathered to voice and demonstrate their support for gender equality and women’s empowerment, there has been increasing recognition that gender equality, in addition to being a human right, is also critical to making development progress. If women and girls are not able to fully realize their rights and aspirations in all spheres of life, development will be impeded.

Twenty years on, we can see both progress and challenges in the twelve areas of critical concern laid out in the Beijing Platform for Action. Gender parity in primary education has been achieved, but completion rates and the quality of education are not high across all countries. More women have been elected to public office – about 21% of the world’s parliamentarians are women, up from about 11% in 1995 – but we are still far from parity. More women than ever before are participating in the work force, but women generally earn less than men and, in rich and poor countries alike, carry a disproportionate burden of unpaid care work which deprives them of time for valuable pursuits like earning money, gaining new skills, and participating in public life. And, while more laws exist to protect women from violence, sexual and gender-based violence continue to occur on every continent and in every country, often reaching horrific levels where there is war and conflict.

Fortunately, there is encouraging momentum not only to renew the promises of Beijing, but to address issues which were not in the spotlight in 1995, such as the need to ensure women’s participation in responding to climate change, building peace and security, and helping their countries recover from crises. These issues are central to UNDP’s efforts to help partner countries build resilience to sustain development results. By promoting gender equality and empowering women as agents of change and leaders in the development processes which shape their lives, UNDP envisages a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient world.

Today is International Women’s Day, which this year is devoted to the theme, “Empower Women, Empower Humanity – Picture It!” Join me in supporting this call to fulfill the promises made in Beijing 20 years ago, and to realize a world in which every woman and girl has the opportunity to fulfill her potential and enjoy equal rights and status.

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3 responses to “Helen Clark’s statement on International Women’s Day 8.3.15

  1. Elizabeth


    Radio New Zealand National
    Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman
    Sunday 22 March 2015

    9:40 Mihaela Noroc – The Atlas of Beauty
    Beauty is everywhere. 29-year-old Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc sought to capture that when she quit her job and started travelling the world two years ago. Mihaela tells Wallace about The Atlas of Beauty, her project about our planet’s diversity shown through portraits of women. She travelled to 37 countries snapping portraits of women surrounded by their cultures in locations from Western Europe to African Tribes, Rio de Janeiro, China or New Zealand.

    The Atlas of Beauty campaign 1Screenshot [click to enlarge]

  2. Elizabeth

    Wed, 6 Apr 2016
    ODT Editorial: Clark for UN secretary-general
    OPINION Will she, won’t she? The drawn-out tease that has been Helen Clark’s bid for the position of United Nations secretary-general is finally over, with the confirmation yesterday she will contest the organisation’s top job.
    Prime Minister John Key announced the New Zealand Government’s formal nomination of Miss Clark yesterday morning. She followed that with an announcement in New York, where she has lived and worked for the past seven years as the (first female) head of the UN Development Programme – the third-highest position at the UN.

    █ Helen Clark’s official campaign Twitter account:


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  3. Elizabeth

    ### msn.com Mon, 18 Jul 2016 1 hour ago
    Rudd asks for Turnbull government support
    via NZ Newswire
    Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has asked the Turnbull government to endorse his nomination to become United Nations Secretary-General. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed his request ahead of the first gathering of Liberal MPs since the federal election. […] Under the UN charter, the secretary-general is chosen by the general assembly – which meets in September – on the recommendation of the 15-member security council. […] There is also a strong push for the position to go to a female candidate for the first time in the United Nations’ history. An Essential poll in April found 45 per cent of voters favoured another candidate, former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark, for the role with 21 per cent preferring Mr Rudd.
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