Kuwait great ad­vo­cate for gen­der equal­ity: Min­is­ter

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Kuwait has al­ways been a great ad­vo­cate for gen­der equal­ity, Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor and Min­is­ter of State for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Hind Al-Subaih stressed yes­ter­day. She pointed out that women take up 43.4 per­cent of the work­force mar­ket, in com­par­i­son to only 24.7 in Arab coun­tries.

Subaih made this re­mark in a press con­fer­ence to launch ‘16 Days of Ac­tivism for No Violence Against Women’ aware­ness cam­paign in co­op­er­a­tion with United Na­tion De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (UNPD) of­fice in Kuwait. The cam­paign co­in­cides with “In­ter­na­tional Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Violence against Women” cel­e­bra­tion on Novem­ber 25. The Kuwaiti le­gal sys­tem pro­tects women against violence and pre­serves their rights in all realms of life, the min­is­ter pointed out.

She added the Gulf coun­try set an ex­am­ple to fol­low on sup­port­ing women, not­ing that this year women will be em­pow­ered even fur­ther by sup­port­ing their small and medium-sized en­ter­prises to en­able women to be part of the coun­try’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Women should be en­cour­aged to have more so­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion, Subaih added, es­pe­cially since they were granted their rights to get in­volved in the po­lit­i­cal process a year ago. She re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of elim­i­nat­ing all forms of violence against women, not­ing that the UNPD of­fice in Kuwait is ready to work on achiev­ing this goal.

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