Kemal Derviş launches UN joint programme on women's rights

06 Mar 2006

Kemal Derviş, the Chair of the UN Development Group and UNDP Administrator will give a keynote speech with the participation of Şahabettin Harput, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior and Jakob Simonsen, UN Resident Coordinator at Ankara Palas on the 7th of March 2006, Tuesday. The meeting will be open to media members.

Ankara - The theme of this years International Women’s Day is “Women in Decision-Making”. In a democratic society, involving women and men in decision-making processes is a sine qua non. “We are witnessing a shift in the balance of power at national and international levels, where women are finally being recognized as equals and as leaders,” says Derviş, “however, women account for two-thirds of the 960 million adults in the world who cannot read, which greatly impedes their ability to participate in the political process.  With notable exceptions, such as Rwanda and the Nordic countries, women are visibly absent from parliaments, making up, on average, only 16 percent of parliamentarians world-wide”.

Derviş will launch the UN Joint Programme on Promoting and Protecting Women’s and Girl’s Human Rights in partnership with the Ministry of Interior and KA-DER . The 2-year UN Joint Programme is designed to help cities design better and more client-oriented services for women and girls as well as protect and raise awareness about women’s rights.

The UN Joint Programme will pilot activities in 6 cities: Izmir, Van, Nevşehir, Kars, Şanlıurfa and Trabzon. Once the programme is completed the efforts will be scaled up to national level based on the lessons learnt. The programme will be financially sponsored by all UN agencies working in Turkey, the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, and Canada and private sector companies.