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New UN agency for women now needs resources, says Plan International

Source: Plan International - Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:26 GMT
Author: Plan International
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The official launch of UN Women this week in New York comes during a two week session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which has convened to discuss the emerging role technology and education has in empowering girls and women. The launch, hosted by ABC anchor Christiane Amanpour, will be attended by a delegation from Plan, featuring girls from Plan countries all around the world. Deepali Sood, Director of Plan’s global campaign ‘Because I Am A Girl’ said: “We warmly welcome the formation of this new UN entity UN Women. The agency is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and has therefore always had our support– indeed, Plan lobbied for it to be established. The agency now requires adequate resources to ensure it can firmly deliver on its mandate.” Plan will be addressing a high level panel in the general assembly room as the sole NGO consultant on ‘access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work’. Plan will discuss these opportunities and challenges and present new findings from Plan’s 2010 Because I am a Girl report: Digital and Urban Frontiers at a side event in conjunction with UNICEF and the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). An International Day of the Girl (September 22nd) is also being called for by Plan to bring greater focus on issues of violence and discrimination against girls. New evidence uncovered by Plan’s Learn Without Fear campaign has highlighted how violence against girls in schools and continued abuse outside has a continuing impact throughout their lives, is a barrier to their education and undermines their earning potential. The campaign will be highlighted in an event sponsored by the Swedish and Canadian governments to address this year’s review theme. Speaking at this event will be Marta Santos Pais, UN Special Representative on Violence Against Children and representatives from the Swedish and Canadian governments, USAID and UNICEF. Plan is calling upon governments to enforce the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and outlaw all forms of violence; enforce anti-violence laws and budget for better support in schools, welfare and education services. UN Women will be launched on February 24th. The fifty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women takes place at United Nations Headquarters in New York until Friday, 4 March 2011. ENDS Editors Notes Learn Without Fear is Plan’s global campaign to eliminate violence against children in and around schools. The campaign launched in 2008 and currently runs in forty four developing countries, where Plan works with children, communities, schools and governments to develop anti-violence structures, practices and legislation. To learn more about Plan's 'Learn Without Fear' campaign, please visit: http://plan-international.org/learnwithoutfear. Because I am a Girl is Plan's campaign to fight gender inequality, promote girls' rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty. Plan is producing one girl report each year in the run up to 2015, the target year for the Millennium Development Goals. To read the Digital and Urban Frontiers report, please visit: http://plan-international.org/girls/static/docs/BIAAG_2010_EN2.pdf For more details contact: In New York: Robin.costello@plan-international.org At Plan HQ: Stuart.coles@plan-international.org

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