Remarks by H.E. Maurits Hassankhan at the High-level roundtable at the 52nd CSW Session on “Financing gender equality and the empowerment of women”
Monday 25 February 2007
First of all let me thank the keynote speaker for introducing this important subject.
• The priority theme for this CSW session provides us with a good opportunity to take stock of how our commitments as international community to finance gender equality and the empowerment of women have been translated into concrete actions to improve the situation of women. Especially concerning our commitments made in Beijing and beyond and in Monterrey.
• The Surinamese Government, aware of its international commitments on gender equality included this concept in all its policy documents, and in particular in its Multi-annual Development Plan 2006-2011, in which one of the principles of our development strategy indicates that a gender perspective be mainstreamed in all plans and programs.
• The Integral Gender Action Plan, which sets forth a set of policy initiatives to improve the situation of women, men and boys and girls, identifies a few key areas which need particular attention, such as poverty eradication, voice and decision-making, human rights, education and training and health.
• The majority of the policy interventions were initiated and carried out in close cooperation with civil society and partly funded through the regular Government budget.
• With financial support of the Ministry of Home Affairs and within the framework of poverty eradication and the empowerment of women several entrepreneurships trainings were conducted, as well as promotion of the participation of women in trade exchange markets. A “Women in Business Fair” was organized to showcase women and entrepreneurial skills and also to stimulate more activity of women in this area.
• I would furthermore like to mention that in April 2007 a United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) was presented which focuses on a more human rights approach to programming, with specific attention to gender and culture, responsive policy formulation and budgeting. The objectives of this framework are closely linked to national development priorities as identified in the Multi-annual Development Plan and were guided by international commitments, in particular the millennium development goals.
• It is also worth mentioning that activities were undertaken regarding gender sensitization of the state budget and we will continue the work to achieve the desired results.
• I would also like to note the high political commitment towards gender equality and the empowerment of women. At a recent initiative regarding “Gender for high-level Government Officials”, focusing on the integration of gender in all policies and programs, many high level representatives actively participated in the discussion.
• In conclusion I would like to state that even though domestic resources were made available, it still remains insufficient for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.