Statement of DENMARK at UNGA73

Friday, September 28, 2018
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Human Rights
United Nation Theme: 
Goverment Statements

“Denmark is running for a seat on the Human Rights Council for the term 2019 to 2021. If elected, we will promote the rights and equal opportunities of women; continue our longstanding fight against torture; protect the rights of indigenous peoples; and encourage freedom of religion or belief. This has to be done without discrimination on any grounds, including sexual orientation and gender identity.”

“In several parts of the world, gender equality is but a distant hope. Women’s rights are under increasing pressure. We cannot accept this. We must stand up and challenge this. Women must unfold their potential - without question - to the benefit of all. We must ensure that she decides. Gender equality and equal opportunities is not only a fundamental human right. It is a precondition. For development, peace and prosperity in any country, anywhere in the world.”

“Girls are at much greater risk of being victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, of early child marriage and childbirth. Just think, in parts of the world, girls as low as nine years old are being forced to marry adult men. This is just not acceptable. We must let girls be girls, not brides. Education is a beacon of hope for these girls. That is why Denmark is now the biggest contributor to Education Cannot Wait. That is why Denmark will spend almost 70 million US dollars next year on education in developing countries. Because Denmark will leave no girl behind.”

“The conflict in Syria continues in its 8th year. So many have already experienced unspeakable suffering, evil and atrocities. Three million people have been at the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib. This tragedy in Syria cannot go on.”

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Statement of DENMARK at UNGA73