Chilean Minister Advocates Greater Political Voice for Women
Chilean Women's Affairs Minister Josefina Bilboa called for greater awareness of how gender discrimination is linked to poverty, domestic violence, unhealthy socialization and stereotyping of women, and the lack of political voice that plagues women there in remarks made at the 27th Session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLA) last week.
Bilboa echoed ideas presented at last year's 7th Session of the Regional Conference on the Integration of Women into the Economic and Social Development of Latin American and the Caribbean. She said that young women need special leadership training programs and affirmative action programs that will grant them the opportunity to use their skills. She also urged for the empowerment of women's organizations.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .