30.09.2016 -

8th Asia-Pacific Forum on Development and Gender

On 30 September, Ms. Saniye Gülser Corat, Director of the Division for Gender Equality gave a key-note address at the 8th Asia-Pacific Forum on Development and Gender, hosted by the Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI).

This year’s Forum was entitled ‘Better Life for Girls: Towards an Inclusive and Sustainable Future’ and aimed to serve as an arena to exchange ideas and discuss a way forward for the successful implementation of the South Korean government’s new initiative “Better Life for Girls”. This initiative, launched in 2015, focuses on fair access to quality education with targeted attention to girls’ education, health and employment.  Moreover, by bringing together experts and practitioners from the government, NGOs and bilateral and multilateral agencies, the Forum wanted to facilitate further cooperation to accelerate the progress.

The Forum was opened by the Vice-President of KWDI, Vice-Minister of Gender Equality and Family of the Republic of Korea and Mark Lippert, Ambassador of USA in Seoul. Ms. Corat then gave the keynote speech entitled “A Game-Changer for Sustainable Development: Education for Girls and Women”, which was followed by three sessions dedicated to (i) initiatives of selected donors (USAID and KOICA); (ii) health and violence against girls; and (iii) perspectives from KWDI partner countries. In her speech, Ms. Corat noted the progress achieved in the area of gender equality and education under the MDGs and the challenges yet to be addressed. She then presented UNESCO’s initiatives to promote girls’ and women’s education.

During her mission in Seoul, Ms. Corat was also asked to give interviews about different topics related to gender equality by the Arirang TV, the newspaper The Korea Times, and Women’s News, an alternative newspaper published weekly that has been leading voice in the promotion of Korean women.

The Korean Women’s Development Institute was created in 1982 and is the government funded policy research institute dedicated to women’s advancement in South Korea.

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