“While we congratulate the Government on its achievement, women’s leadership continue to represent an untapped resource. We encourage the appropriate representation of women in the new technocratic Cabinet,” the DSRSG said.
The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.
UN Women briefed members of parliament on the centrality of gender equality for sustainable development and on UN Women’s response strategy in the country whereby the UN Women Iraq Representative, Ms. Hiba Qasas, reminded the audience that “the Sustainable Development, peace and security cannot be achieved if women and girls continue to be discriminated against and are left behind”.
Ms. Qasas also called for the effective leadership of the legislative branch of the government in making the desired change through the elimination of discriminatory laws, reiterating that “there must be a commitment at the national level for the removal of discriminatory laws, amendment of existing laws and enactment of new laws that promote equality.”