President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described a recent report compiled by the Clinton Foundation as timely and impressive and a call for formidable action towards the achievement of gender equality, as well as the promotion of the well-being of women globally.
According to a dispatch from New York, President Sirleaf made the remarks on Monday, March 9 when she served as Chief Launcher of the Clinton Foundation Report at the Best Buy Theatre in New York.
The Report gave a vivid account of what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference 20 years ago, and provides an insight into the gaps, as well as measures the world can perform in achieving the lofty goals established in Beijing, China, she stated.
The compiled report, titled: "Not There Yet,” is a Data-Driven Analysis of Gender Equality on a global scale and takes into consideration what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference on gender equality in 1995.
That conference’s Platform for Action is an agenda for women's empowerment and aims at accelerating the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and at removing obstacles to women's active participation in all spheres of public and private life through the equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making.
This means that the principle of shared power and responsibility should be established between women and men at home, in the workplace and in the wider national and international communities.
She pointed out that several reform processes have been carried out with laws instituted to give more economic power to women. As a result, more women in different parts of the world are now in Parliament; while others are competing vigorously in professional areas of science and business once dominated by men.
“Despite these gains,” President Sirleaf said, "the gaps are clearer, and the global community must endeavor to eradicate social inequality and enhance women’s participation in development processes.”
Sharing the platform with President Sirleaf, the President of Croatia, Madam Kolinda Grabar-Kifarac, said that the promotion of women's rights and the creation of opportunities for the realization of their potential is vital to the advancement of every society.
“As such,” she stressed, “no effort should be spared towards championing women’s empowerment.”
The Bill, Hilary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation launched "No Ceiling: The Full Participation Project” in 2013 to advance and inspire the full participation of women and girls around the world.
Meanwhile, the Clinton Foundation, through former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, joined by Melinda Gates, the co-host of the program, expressed thanks and appreciation to President Sirleaf for honoring their invitation to participate in the launch of their book, the dispatch said.