Keynote Speech By Lydia Alpízar Durán
54th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
United Nations Headquarters - NYC, March 1-12, 2010
High-Level Roundtable: “The implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly and its contribution to shaping a gender perspective towards the full realization of the Millennium Development Goals"
We dreamt that the daily life of every woman and girl would be radically transformed; that girls in the future would be born in a world full of opportunities where they could learn and grow; that every woman could love in any way she wanted and lead a life free from all forms of violence and oppression, with access to education, health care, decent work, and decision making at all levels. These dreams were put on paper and became global agreements that we expected would be translated into reality. In Beijing fifteen years ago, we knew that we were making history together, because we were pushing the boundaries of what had been possible, and we were building a global consensus to advance gender equality and women’s rights that would serve as a blueprint for all the work ahead. This annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a very special one, as we commemorate and celebrate fifteen years since the groundbreaking United Nations (UN) Fourth World Conference on Women. It is an honor to share with you all some reflections, analysis and recommendations as a feminist and a proud member of the historic global women’s movements.
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