Kuwait urges UN ac­tion against traf­fick­ing of women, girls

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait yes­ter­day urged the UN to carry on with its sup­port on coun­tries’ ef­forts to counter traf­fick­ing of women and girls. This is likely to se­cure pos­i­tive re­sults, said Kuwait’s state­ment to the 71st UN General Assem­bly’s 3rd So­cial, Hu­man­i­tar­ian and Cul­tural Af­fairs Com­mit­tee. De­liv­er­ing the state­ment, eco­nomic re­searcher Hayam Khalid Al-Fas­sam added that achiev­ing devel­op­ment in a so­ci­ety re­lies on equal­ity be­tween men and women, as part­ners.

Kuwait’s Con­sti­tu­tion pro­vides that all peo­ple are “peers in hu­man dig­nity and have, in the eyes of the Law, equal pub­lic rights and obli­ga­tions,” Al-Fas­sam stated. She also added that in line with rec­om­men­da­tions of the UN Sec­re­tary General, Kuwait has made a mul­ti­tude of ar­range­ments to pro­mote women’s sta­tus and to re­serve their rights.

Al-Fas­sam cited Kuwaiti leg­is­la­tions that guar­an­tee the right to equal wages be­tween men and women in both the pub­lic and the pri­vate sec­tor. In ad­di­tion, women have also been re­cruited to mil­i­tary and ju­di­ciary posts. More­over, Kuwait’s 2019-2020 devel­op­ment plan com­prises goals on em­pow­er­ing women and boost­ing their ca­pa­bil­i­ties, through re­view­ing rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tions by a joint panel, she told the UN meet­ing. Kuwait is also en­cour­ag­ing ed­u­ca­tion for women, she said, not­ing that girls con­sti­tute 52 per­cent and 66 per­cent of stu­dents in ed­u­ca­tion and higher ed­u­ca­tion re­spec­tively.

She also high­lighted the amount of at­ten­tion paid to Kuwaiti women’s health. Kuwait is a sig­na­tory of a host of agree­ments and pro­to­cols on women: The Con­ven­tion on the Elim­i­na­tion of All Forms of Dis­crim­i­na­tion against Women (CEDAW), the In­ter­na­tional Covenant on Civil and Po­lit­i­cal Rights (ICCPR), the In­ter­na­tional Covenant on Eco­nomic, So­cial and Cul­tural Rights (ICESCR) and the UN Con­ven­tion against Transna­tional Or­ga­nized Crime, which is re­lated to traf­fick­ing of per­sons, par­tic­u­larly women and chil­dren. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Camels are pic­tured in this file photo dur­ing the Kuwait’s Fifth Her­itage Fes­ti­val. Camel is an in­te­gral part of Arab her­itage and pride. — KUNA

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