Wednesday, 24th June 2015 (Geneva)--China, together with Denmark, Kenya and Mexico, during the 29th session of the Human Rights Council, cosponsored the side event on "Beijing+20+:Gender Equality" at the Palais de Nations. It was the first time that the host countries of the four events of the World Conference on Women joined their hands in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. Nearly 100 representatives, including diplomats, UN officials, NGOs, academics and journalists participated.
"Despite of all the progress achieved during the past 20 years, major challenges and obstacles still remain in the protection and empowerment of women". "Beijing+20 provides us with new opportunities to reconnect, regenerate commitment, charge up political will and mobilize the public to advance gender equality and women's empowerment." H.E. Ambassador Wu Hailong, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland said in his opening remarks, calling for renewed commitments to promote gender equality.
Ambassador Wu also briefed on China's concrete steps of implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Among others, more than 20 laws and regulations on protection of women's rights were promulgated or revised. The development goal of Women's rights has been integrated into National economic and social development plan, in which health, education, economic development, political participation, social welfare, environment protection and relevant legislation are among priorities. Investment to economic empowerment of women was increased. During the past five years, the Government has released 217.2 billion RMB Yuan subsidized micro loans and supported more than 10 million women with employment and entrepreneurship. In 2014, China embarked on the legislation process on the Law against Domestic Violence and have made substantive progress.
Ambassador Wu stated that the United Nations, since its inception, has made tremendous efforts and significant contributions towards enhancing women's status, promoting gender equality and pushing forward the global women's cause. China fully recognizes that women have a central role to play in sustainable development and supports the integration of gender perspective into the post-2015 development agenda. China is ready to work together with the international community to further contribute to the promotion and protection of women's rights beyond Beijing+20.
Ms. Zhao Hongju, Deputy Director-General of the International Department of All China Women's Federation, spoke as a panelist, called for the international community to enhance efforts and collaboration on reducing women's poverty, improving women and girls' education and health, enhancing women's employment and economic empowerment, and eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence against women.
Panelists also include H.E. Ambassador Carsten Staur, Permanent Representative of Denmark, Ms. Maryann Njau-Kimani, Secretary of Justice from Kenya, Mr. Roberto De León (also Moderator), Deputy Director General for Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Ms. Ann Bloomberg, Human Rights Specialist of UN Women, Ms. Lucinda O'Hanlon, Adviser on Women's Rights, Women's Human Rights and Gender Section of OHCHR, Mr. Kishore Singh, Special Rapporteur on Right to Education, and Ms. Tchaurea Fleury, International Disability Alliance.