European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton has stressed the need for eliminating violence and discrimination against women and girls to achieve the long-term stability and development the world desires.
Madam Ashton, who also serves as Vice President of the European Commission, said while women have made great advances over the years, there is still a long way to go before the world would be free from gender discrimination.
Madam Ashton’s statement comes in commemoration of International Women’s Day. In it she acknowledged, “The rights of all women and girls are a universal priority for the EU and this is reflected in the current discussions on the post-2015 framework for poverty eradication and sustainable development.”
She emphasized that equal access to education and health services and the chance to become a full participant in political life is everyone’s right and an essential ingredient of democracy.
In her tribute to women across the world, the EU High Representative noted, “Your courage and determination pave the way for future generations. Where women prosper, societies prosper; where women suffer, so do the societies they live in.”
She reiterated the European Union remains committed to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
"There are around 200 projects and initiatives currently being funded by the EU around the world that aim to help women benefit from education and healthcare, to work and live free from violence and discrimination, and to assume their rightful place in society", Madam Ashton explained in the statement released by the European Union Delegation to Liberia.