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Eritrea’s Achievements on Gender Equality Applauded at a UN Side Event



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Eritrea’s Achievements on Gender Equality Applauded at a UN Side Event

A side-event was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Eritrea and the United Nations Country Team under the theme “Empowering Women: Eritrea’s Achievements and Experience” during the 59th Session of the Commission on Status of Women in New York on the 16 March 2015, with a full house participation of representatives of states, UN Agencies and civil society organizations.

In his opening remarks the co-moderator, Ambassador Girma Asmerom, Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations, underlined the contextual premise to understanding Eritrea must be based on its strategic location, abundant natural resources, and the “yes I/we can do it” mindset and harmony of its 50% Christian and 50% Muslim population.

The co-moderator, Ms. Christine Umutoni, UN Resident Coordinator, summarized that the UN witnessed Eritrea’s ability to “do for more with less”. Ms. Umutoni also emphasized her assessment that when compared to many other civil society organizations from her vast experiences, the National Union of Eritrean Women is one of the most effective community movements with a high level of accountability and efficiency.

Speaking on the occasion, the keynote speaker, Ms. Tekea Tesfamichael, the President of the National Union of Eritrean Women, stressed the fact that the Eritrean women earned their rightful place in the society through active participation and contribution to the struggle for national independence and nation-building efforts. She noted that the Union has been studiously working over the past two decades of independence to ensure the socio-cultural, economic and political empowerment of women through various innovative projects and gender mainstreaming in government institutions. She appealed to the participants to urge Ethiopia to withdraw from sovereign Eritrean territory, including the town of Badme, and the UN Security Council to lift the unjustified sanctions that are negatively affecting women and children.

The guest speaker, Ms. Christine Musisi, Regional Director of the UN Women, applauded the progress made in status of women in Eritrea through initiatives such as land ownership legislation for women, ensuring education of girls, especially among the nomadic population,  the criminalization of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as well as the successful multi-sectorial approach on addressing gender equality.

Ms. Raquel Lagunas, UNDP Policy Advisor on Gender, emphasized UNDP’s commitment to increase and expand its partnership with NUEW. She stated that the vast membership of NUEW and its effective implementation of programs give it full legitimacy to be the lead organization on gender equality issues. She commended the grass-roots and community approach and legislative process that took place when the FGM was criminalized in 2007. She stated that countries, like Eritrea, which give emphasis to ensuring gender equality, will succeed in their poverty eradication development efforts. In conclusion, she said, “what Eritrea is doing is not only the right thing to do but the smart thing to do”.

Ms. Tsegga Gaim, Director General of NUEW, expounded in detail Eritrea’s experience in the empowerment of women. In her presentation, Ms. Tsegga, stated that the empowerment of women in economic, health, education, decision making was the result of innovative and incentive oriented projects implemented by the Union, other stake holders, and partners. She stressed that the NUEW, a grass-root civil society organization with 300,444 membership, is playing important role in transforming all sectors of the society. She also underlined the strong political commitment and leadership of the Eritrean government to gender equality.

Dr. Dan Odallo, UNFP Representative in Eritrea, elaborating on the experience of development partners in the country, said “Eritrea’s success is attributed to the partnership between the government, UN Team and the NUEW that is based on clearly defined objectives and outcomes as well as vision.” He further stated having worked in many countries, in his experience, “Eritrea stands number one in effective community participation.” Dr. Odallo stressed that once a project is approved and funds are allocated, it is normal for the partners and the beneficiaries to relax and reap the fruits of their efforts. Accountability is not a problem in Eritrea. He further noted that Eritrea should be rewarded for the validated achievements and not punished.

During the question and answer session, representatives from Kenya, South Africa, Somalia, Cameroon, Italy and other states and organizations commended Eritrea for its achievements in the empowerment of women. They further underlined Eritrea’s experience should be shared with and emulated by others.

The side event on the empowerment of women was the second side-event organized by the Permanent Mission of Eritrea and the UN Country Team. In September 2014, a side-event was organized to share Eritrea’s experiences in the successful achievement of the three (3) health related Millennium Development Goals (4, 5 and 6).










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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8Ruro87NL0

    A side-event was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Eritrea and the United Nations Country Team under the theme “Empowering Women: Eritrea’s Achievements and Experiences” during the 59th Session of the Commission on Status of Women in New York on the 16 March 2015, with a full house participation of representatives of states, UN Agencies and civil society organizations.

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  2. I sure like to know. Deki Ere, tell me if the UNHRC are to come to Ferguson, Missouri, how many people could they find who say they are not happy how the US is handling the race, discrimination, and justice issues in Ferguson. Pick your number; 1000, 10,000, or 50,000 of them. And yet her is UNHRC claim to have talked to 500 disgruntled Eritreans from all over the to come up with this idiotic statement. I bet, if they are to pay such element $100 dollars; then you got to expect the number to jump from 500 to 1000 in no time.

    Without no shame or qualm, Mr. Smith and his bosses at the UNHCR claimed their encounter with 500 disgruntled elements from all over the world has "provided them "with an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of violations of human rights from those who have recently fled Eritrea.” This is what they are claiming and with such arrogance they have no shame or qualm to tell it to the whole world and that is without setting a foot on Eritrea. Then again, they do not have for that is how they destroying nations and countries.

    What an irony, what a slap on the face, and what knocked out to Mr. Smith and his bosses at the UNHCR. What followed was, just three days after they thought they have done their best for the next "sanction" against Eritrea, here comes the truth exploding on top of Mr. Smith and his bosses at the UNHCR. Three days after they thought they have scored a decisive punch against Eritrea; report coming your way read:

    "Eritrea’s Achievements on Gender Equality Applauded at a UN Side Event because of the “yes I/we can do it” mindset and harmony of its 50% Christian and 50% Muslim population.". Do not forget, this puch was given to them in the corridors of UN Headquarter in New York.

    Here is the "can do" country doing it. Eritrea said "come and see us". They came, they saw, and their testimony went like this for all to hear:

    "I have been working in many countries .. And in my experience, Eritrea stands number one in effective community participation … and for that [it] should be rewarded for the validated achievements and not punished.” – Dr. Dan Odallo, UNFP Representative in Eritrea.

    Effective community participation is the foundation of social justice (MAHBERAWI FITHI), the corner stone of "equality, fraternity, liberty" which could only be achieved with , social, ethnic, racial harmony. Which could only be achieved by leadership who toil day and night to lift their people up?

    The million dollar question, who are these who are going left and right trying to paint a negative picture of Eritrea? We know who they are. But most importantly we know who we are and we are more than ready to paint our own picture for all to see. That is, the true picture of Eritrea-the land of equality and social justice. To these elements, we will always say, "come and see us".

    Stay on course Deki Ere and let the toothless dogs bark, for all we care

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  3. Eritrean character is measured by the achievement mdg 7 out of 8, not by the smear campaign and defamation of white supremacy. Long live shabila.!

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  4. We like his Excellency Ato Girma Asmarom for all his achievement and doing there are many pictures hanged in my memory like the women breast feeding her child while learning which i like the most ( EPLF will like it till last drop of my life )female fighters were the most dedicated to Eritrea i also read Waizoro Sadiya Ibrahim story when they brunet her village in Dankalia and runaway with her family to join EPLF better than dying at the hand of her enemy .

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  5. Mr. and the rest of the team are coming to DC. Go show up inn person and talk to them instead of bluffing and muffing in the web.

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  6. http://www.spa.gov.sa/galupload/normal/000-3872857411427015887752.jpg

    http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewphotonews.php?id=1341138&pic=

    Riyadh, Jumada II 02, 1436, March 22, 2015, SPA -- Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier received at Al-Yamamah palace here today the Ambassador of the State of Eritrea to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Omar Mahmoud.
    The Ambassador conveyed to the Crown Prince the greetings of President Isaias Afwerki of the State of Eritrea to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the Crown Prince who, for his part, sent his greetings to the President.
    During the meeting, they reviewed issues of common interest.
    The audience was attended by Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Advisor at Crown Prince's Court, and Prince Mansour bin Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Advisor at the Crown Prince's Court.

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