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Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 10.05 GMT

WYC 2014: Round Table discussion of Gender Equality Perceptions and Social Stigmas and Lack of Awareness held


The Round Table sessions of the World Conference on Youth (WCY) 2014 began at the Bandaranaike

Memorial International Convention Hall (BMICH) this morning. Speakers and Delegates representing over

110 countries divided into seven different themes, and Gender Equality was one of the topics discussed.

This morning’s discussions mainly dealt with issues hindering gender equality such as social stigmas and

lack of awareness.

Ms. Phillipa Gardner of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts UK made the initial remarks at

the roundtable discussion. She stressed on the importance of women's participation in world issues.

"Women are vital to various world issues, energy, food security and health. These sessions will hopefully

light the way for a more gender equal society," Gardner said.

Expressing his views on gender equality, Managing Director/CEO of Chevron Lubricants Lanka MR.

Kishu Gomes said that parents tell the younger generation what is right for them, and that has created the

environment we are living in today. It is important to change public perception on gender equality, Mr.

Gomes added.

The discussion deliberated at length on the importance of changing the public perception on gender

equality. Speaking at the occasion Ms. Smitha Mitra from U.N. Women said that gender is a social

construct, it should not be a limitation, it is a tool to propagate, institutionalize equality. The youth

representatives also voiced their opinion about gender equality at the session. Ms. Konda Delphine, a

representative from Cameroon, queried as to what is being done to change the mindset of women at a

local level. A representative of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth stated that the Lesbian and bisexual women need to be included in the discussions of equality.





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