UNDP among UN agencies gearing up to support NUEW side event at CSW

Empowering Women: Eritrea’s Achievements and Experiences

UN EritreaA woman is attended to at a health facility

UNDP supported National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) is set to showcase its 10 years achievements during the 59th session of the Commission on Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 9 to 20 March 2015. A side event - Empowering Women: Eritrea’s Achievements and Experiences, will be hosted by the permanent mission of Eritrea to the United Nations, in collaboration with UN Eritrea, on 16th March 2015.

According to Ms. Christine Umutoni, UNDP Eritrea Resident Representative, the CSW event creates a platform for Eritrean women to share their stories and experiences. Women in Eritrea have played a key role in nation building, from their struggle for independence to their current role in promoting gender equality and women empowerment.  Eritrea is also one of the countries that have done exceptionally well in achieving the targets under health related MDGs as per MDG report , an achievement credited to women in Eritrea, who spearheaded campaigns on health related issues such as maternal and infant health care. With UNDP support, NUEW has produced significant reports such as its 10 years achievement report and Beijing+20 report .The CSW event also provides a forum to raise the profile of gender issues in Eritrea as well as identify collaborations for future work.

Women attending to their businesses in AsmaraWomen attending to their businesses in Asmara

UNDP has played a proactive role in promoting gender mainstreaming in line ministries and integration of gender issues across it’s interventions in Eritrea. In addition, UNDP supports NUEW through capacity building for advocacy, sensitization on gender equality and equity, economic empowerment of girls and women as well as implementation of international agreed human rights instruments such as CEDAW, Beijing Plan of Action and Universal Periodic Reviews (URPs). As a result, there is increased awareness of gender issues among authorities and the general public of Eritrea.

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