Nordic gender equality experts attending UN meeting on women’s empowerment

Girl power! (photo: Eric Bridiers) Girl power! (photo: Eric Bridiers)
March 10th, 2016 11:19 am| by Lucie Rychla

Nordic gender equality ministers and experts will debate the status of women at a United Nations conference in New York next week.

The Nordic delegation includes, among others, feminist activist Emma Holten, researcher Anine Kierulf, writer Thordis Elva and parliamentarian Nasima Razmyar.

Women’s emancipation will never be a reality if we do not ensure their right to express themselves without fear of harassment and persecution,” contended Emma Holten.

Without emancipation, there is no freedom of expression.”

Focus on sexual and reproductive rights
The Nordic countries will present a united front to ensure women’s sexual and reproductive rights, in particular, are included in the final document.

Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental to gender equality and the empowerment of women’s and girls’ autonomy,” stated Åsa Regnér, the Swedish minister for gender equality.

The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women is taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York from March 14-24 and will primarily focus on women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.