WFWPI Side Event: Presentation by Cheick Sidi Diarra
Empowering Women and Girls
Mr. Cheick Side Diarra, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative, UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries & Small Island Developing States (UN OHRLLS):
Mr. Diarra explained in places like Mali and Madagascar for example the unemployment rate for young people is rising. Women around the world also face challenges because of inequalities in the labor market. As a result, they are paid less for their work. He feels it will be hard to achieve any millennium goals if women are not included or given equal rights. One challenge will be job creation, especially for women. He insists their skills and talents should be used to help the economy; better incomes have even been linked to educated women. He suggests that production led policies should be flexible when implemented in different sectors, including educating on social welfare and health. Empowering national leaders to take ownership of positive change, increasing domestic production to solve local issues, and using technology can help to decrease poverty. He is confident that with concrete steps, nations can develop productive capacities, and eradicate poverty.
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