Despite development women continue to be marginalized - President
[August 29, 2005 - 6.00 GMT]
President Chandrika Kumaratunga this morning delivered the
address at the Tenth Anniversary Commemoration Meeting of the Beijing
Women’s Conference, Fujian Centre of the Great Hall of China. She said
the benefits of development should impact, men, women and children in
society equally. President Kumaratunga is currently in
on an official visit.
President Kumaratunga said that though
has shown good growth rates, development cannot be measured only by
growth figures. A fundamental understanding of society and its decision
making bodies at both national and international levels is vital, she
said, to ensure the full empowerment of women and their role as equal
partners in all aspects.
“There is clearly a need to ensure women become part and parcel of the
decision making process to enable them to achieve a genuinely equitable
role”, President told the delegates from 98 countries attending the
President Kumaratunga lamenting the fact that women “despite development
continue to be passive and marginalized” said women should be an
“integral part of the machinery of power”, as she believed they could
contribute much to heal the wounds and smoothen conflicts in these
stressed on the message contained in the Beijing
Platform of Action, namely that nations should measure and judge the
advancement of women not in isolation but in relation to how they stand
in all aspects of life with their male counterparts.
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Date: August 29, 2005 - 6.00 GMT