Iohannis to UN: Romania, a supporter of gender equality, committed to promoting women’s rights

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Sunday said Romania is a supporter of gender equality and it is committed to the promotion of women’s rights.

“Romania is a supporter of gender equality and it will continue to be fully engaged in protecting all women’s rights as well as in implementing international law instruments, such as the Beijing Platform for Action and UN Security Council’s Resolution 1,325,” Iohannis told a meeting of world leaders on gender equality and the women’s empowerment.

He underscored that “non-discrimination, including along gender lines, is one of the most important values in any modern society because equality between men and women is not just a matter of human rights, but also a prerequisite for social justice, development and peace.”

Iohannis pointed out that the passage in 1995 of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action as part of the 4th World Conference on Women, was one of the most important steps toward the development of a long-term strategy based on genuine political will and the commitment of countries to progress with gender equality.

He mentioned that a solidarity movement worldwide toward gender equality was more than necessary, congratulating UN Women on the initiative to launch HeForShe campaign, which has been released in Romania as well and signed by more than 3,000 Romanians.

“As far as I am concerned, I am personally engaged, under IMPACT 30 initiative, in the release if a new integrated system that follows, reports and prevents all kinds of violence; in creating a new profession – gender equality expert nationwide in Romania, as well as in the development and implementation of programmes for the involvement of girls and boys in the political, social and economic life, in order to create the next generation of leaders,” Iohannis concluded.
He stated he is proud that Romanian Ruxandra Diaconescu was chosen to give the opening speech of the session.

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