Estonia Contributes to Development Co-operation Focused on Women’s Rights


No 70-E

At the high-level meeting of the UN Human Rights Council focused on the rights of women, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said at that a significant part of Estonia’s development co-operation is geared towards improving the situation of women and children in many countries. “Estonia supports many projects geared towards the education of women and children. Afghanistan has been one of Estonia’s four development co-operation priority countries, and a major part of our development co-operation projects in Afghanistan focus on the education and well-being of women and children,” said Paet. “Women all over the world should know their rights, in order to be able to enter the job market and be successful,” he added.

In his speech the Estonian foreign minister also expressed hope that during the session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women that will begin soon, a consensus will be reached on positions regarding the fight on violence against women. “Women’s access to justice is very important – this helps to decrease violence and discrimination against women,” Paet emphasised.

Promoting the rights of women has been one of Estonia’s most important priorities in the human rights sector. Estonia included the principle of equal treatment in its constitution written in 1920.

In Geneva Foreign Minister Paet also met with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay.

Paet stated that the work of the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights around the world is very important, because they help to monitor and improve the human rights situation as well as aid with activities to build up democracy and prevent human rights violations.


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