ANGOLA: Cplp Reaffirms International Commitment to Women Rights

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Southern Africa
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Human Rights

The ministers in charge of gender equality in the Portuguese Speaking Community (CPLP) Wednesday in Luanda, reaffirmed the international commitments concerning women human rights.

This is contained in a 10-pooint declaration adopted at the end of the extraordinary meeting of the ministers responsible for gender equality held on Wednesday with the theme "Gender, health and violence".

In the declaration, the ministers take the commitment to promote the women rights, including equality and equity of gender and their empowerment.

They also took the commitment to respect the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CDAW, 1979), the Principles and the Cairo Action Plan (1994) and the Durban Declaration (2001).

The participants expressed the commitment of the member states to respect the Beijing Declaration and Platform (1995) and the "Initiative and future actions" adopted at the UN General Assembly Special Session (Beijing+5).

The declaration refers to the expressed conviction that there can be no sustainable development unless there is an effective gender equality and equity and empowerment of women in the full enjoyment of their civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights, including sexual and reproductive rights.

They also reaffirmed the commitments concerning the Strategic Plan on Gender and Women Equality and Empowerment contained in the Lisbon Resolution of May 4, 2010, submitted and approved at the 8th Conference of CPLP Heads of State and Government of July 23, 2010.

The ministers in charge of gender equality welcome the creation of the UN Agency on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (UN Women), and congratulated Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde East Timor Leste on the election for UN Women and other issues, the document reads.