42nd Regular Session of the HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Annual discussion on the integration of a gender perspective throughout the work of the Human Rights Council and that of its mechanisms

Theme: Gender-responsive initiatives to accelerate gender equality

23 september 2019, 4-6 pm

Thank You, Mr. President,

Distinguished Members of the Panel

Portugal welcomes this annual discussion on gender mainstreaming throughout the work of the Council and its mechanisms.

Although the world has achieved some progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment, women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also a necessary foundation for peace, social justice, security and sustainable development.

Portugal attaches great importance to the active promotion of gender equality. Public policies on non-discrimination on grounds of sex and equality between women and men, and more recently in the area of sexual orientation and gender identity, have been embodied in various national plans in recent decades.

The National Strategy for equality and non-discrimination, was launched in 2018. Aligned with Agenda 2030 under the motto “no one left behind”, the elimination of stereotypes is central to the National Strategy and to the subsequent three Action Plans, currently under implementation, which aim at: (i) equality between women and men; (ii) prevention and combating all forms of violence against women, gender violence and domestic violence; (iii) non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression and sexual characteristics.

We would like to ask the distinguished members of the panel if they consider that challenges persist in addressing stereotypes, when it comes to integrating a gender perspective in commissions of inquiry, fact-finding missions and investigations.

I Thank You, Mr. President

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