Women's political participation high priority for UN

May 03, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a round-table meeting on Thursday underlined the importance of women's participation in the political process as the United Nations also declared it one of its top priorities. "Supporting national efforts for inclusive political processes and promoting women's political participation is a high priority for the UN Women especially as Pakistan is signatory to international instruments and covenants, particularly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)," said Sangeeta Thapa, Deputy Representative of UN Women, in her welcome address.

The meeting was organised by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on 'Women's Participation in the Elections and Security Concerns'. Representatives of government and non-government organisations, international development partners, academicians and researchers participated in the discussion. Thapa raised concerns over the deteriorating law and order situation and said "security of women candidates and voters is a serious concern and the matter of highest priority to ensure fair and transparent election".