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Annual UN women activists’ summit opens

United Nations, Mar 12 (UNI) A wheelchair-bound Pakistani mother who yearned to visit a park without worrying about ramp access, and a young South Sudanese woman, who dreams of having affordable health care, were among the speakers opening the United Nation’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s rights.
Addressing the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in a joint speech, Muniba Mazari and Mary Fatiya, both asked for basic social protections to be extended to women and girls around the world, based on need, and in line with their inalienable human rights.
“Being a woman has its challenges. Being in a wheelchair is the cherry on top,” Ms Mazari, who is also the Goodwill Ambassador for UN Pakistan, told several thousand activists, diplomats, and academics gathered in the UN’s General Assembly Hall.
Ms Fatiya, who described going long distances to a school where only two toilets were available for around 600 children, said her ideal world centered around a peace existence, access to healthcare and good infrastructure, “I’m not asking for a luxurious road. I just need it and it’s my right to have it.”
The annual meeting of the Commission, which dates back to 1947, will bring more than 9,000 representatives from civil society organisations to the UN over the course of the next two weeks. This year’s theme is “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” Many of the marathon-discussions are expected to also focus on gender equality and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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