Press Statement of Michelle Bachelet UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women from Dakar, Senegal
Photo: Michelle Bachelet on her official trip to Senegal; photo credit: UN Women – Bruno Demeocq
" During my visit, I met with Government officials, parliamentarians, and civil society partners, including women and men leaders who work tirelessly to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women.
I applaud Senegal for adopting the landmark gender parity law, which stipulates that half of the candidates in local and national elections are women. When men and women lead together, the decisions better reflect and respond to the diverse needs of society.
Here in Senegal, the law on parity yielded results. Senegal leapt from number 54 to 6 globally in terms of women's political representation with some 43 per cent female parlamentarians. I congratulate Senegal for this huge achievement ! "
Read the press statement published on 7 January 2013 on Say No to Violence