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70th session of the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee - Agenda item 29 - Advancement of Women

Speaker: Mrs. Anca Jurcan
Date: October 13th, 2015
Location: UN Headquarters

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by Mrs. Anca Jurcan  

Deputy Permanent Representative


70th session of the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee

Agenda item 29

Advancement of Women


New York, 13 October 2015



Mr. Chairperson,

I would like to congratulate you and the other bureau members on your election. We count on your stewardship along the 70th session of the General Assembly, as you can count on our cooperation.

While we fully align to the statement delivered on behalf of the EU and its Member States. Furthermore, I would like to make a few additional national remarks.

Mr. Chairperson,

2015 is a year whose achievements should transform the lives of women and girls worldwide. We celebrate 20 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Program of Action and, in this regard, we congratulate China and UNWomen for organizing the Global Leaders Meeting, that allowed more than Heads of States and Governments to reaffirm their engagement to speed up efforts aimed at reaching gender equality.

Earlier today, the Security Council adopted a landmark resolution that paves the way for advancing the Women, Peace and Security agenda in the next year. Its provisions require more efforts from Member States and the UN system to improve the implementation on the ground. Romania is proud to be among its co-sponsors, and right now our Permanent Representative is addressing the Council on this issue.

Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development with its standalone goal on gender equality and gender related targets in several other sustainable goals is backed by our dedicated commitment to empowering women and making gender equality a reality. It is high time we act.

Mr. Chairperson,

The Romanian authorities are actively engaged in implementing policies and measures in the field of gender equality, in full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms, while preserving human dignity.

An important recent achievement is the strengthening of the National Authority for Gender Equality, through a new mandate just adopted by the Government, a week ago (on October 7th). It is an important step in advancing gender mainstreaming in all policies and national programmes and a national integrated approach of two fields of activity – promoting gender equality and combating domestic violence.

Mr. Chairperson,

We strongly believe that for reaching real gender equality, men and boys must actively be involved. From this perspective the Romanian President, HE Mr. Klaus Werner Iohannis, personally joined the HeForShe solidarity movement, promoted by UNWomen. The commitments thus pledged respond to the challenges encountered at national level.

The first commitment of Romania within the HeForShe framework is the creation of two new professions in the national employment structures, namely the Gender Equality Expert, respectively the Gender Equality Technician. {The two types of specialists will be trained in order to implement and to support local and national strategies to achieve gender equality and to counter domestic violence. }

This year, Romania will finalize the professional standards for these roles, including defining the evaluation standard and implementing the training curricula.

By 2020, 70% of the Romanian national and local public institutions will have Experts or Technicians in gender equality. To reach these ambitious goals, Romania will organize training courses in gender equality around the country and share lessons learned, to scale best practices and accelerate progress.

The second commitment within the HeForShe framework consists of developing and implementing an integrated system capable of tracking, reporting and preventing all forms of domestic violence. The new system should ensure a stable information flow to relevant institutions and provide analysis, reports, comparative statistics and integrated measures and services for the protection of victims.

We assess that the system should be able to have an integrated database containing at least 50% of the victims by 2020. Based on these findings, Romania will create emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence in all regions of the country, tailored to the specific local profile.

The (Council of Europe) Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is another step to be included in our national efforts aimed at combating this phenomenon. The ratification is currently in its final stages.

Last, but not least, the third commitment within the HeForShe framework is a common issue of modern societies: mobilizing youth in political, social and economic life. Romania would like to mobilize 100.000 youth in order to create the next generation of leaders by 2020, by highlighting the benefits of direct participation in political, social and economic life.

To ensure an equal implementation of this initiative at the national level, Romania will launch two programs. The first one, “Open Door Day” will invite girls and boys to visit and understand the functioning of key Romanian public institutions {including the Presidential Administration, the Parliament, the Office of the Prime Minister, as well as Ministries and local authorities. Participants will be selected on the basis of a nationwide essay contest on the theme of gender equality.}

Our efforts will also focus on promoting women role models. These programs should publicly highlight gender equality and accelerate the building of a new gender-sensitive generation.

Mr. Chairperson,

Reaching gender equality requires increasing women’s access to labour market. In order to allow women to realize their full potential, they should be able to make use of their knowledge, skills and experience. There is also a growing need for conciliating the family and professional lives. It is a need without gender, as both women and men have to adjust to this reality. The success of this initiative is also strongly linked to ensuring professional counseling and guidance, mediation, consultancy and assistance for starting an independent activity.

Rule of law is also an important element of gender empowerment. In Romania, both the new Civil Code and Criminal Code contain specific provisions against discrimination and give the necessary tools to sanction any attempt of such an act.

Mr. Chairperson,

Many progresses have been made in advancing the human rights of women. Still the progress is slow and uneven. All stakeholders, from governmental authorities, civil society, private sector and each of us – have their own role in advancing towards this goal. In this regard, Romanian authorities are working in order to ensure a stronger engagement of all actors, by developing meaningful partnerships with civil society and other social partners.

In the 21st century, gender equality is a necessity. This is why, starting with 2015, Romania celebrates on the 8th of May, the National Day for Gender Equality, aiming to promote gender equality as an essential component of social policies, based on the respect of human rights. Romania stands firm for it and will continue to deepen its efforts for solving the quest of achieving full – equality and a fair promotion of all the rights of women and girls.

I thank you.

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