The Minister for Equal Opportunities at the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women
The Minister for Equal Opportunities of Luxembourg, Mrs. Françoise-Hetto Gaasch, attended the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women and the official launch of UN Women on February 24 and 25, 2011 in New York.
In her statement before the Commission on access and participation of women and girls to education, training and science and technology, the Minister recalled that the economy can no longer ignore the talents and skills of women. The place of women in the labor market should however not only be measured in quantitative terms; a special emphasis should be placed also on the quality of work.
In this context, the Luxembourg Minister stressed the diversification of career choices for girls and boys, the importance of conditions reconciling work and private life and the elimination of wage inequalities between men and women. She raised the potential gain for businesses in fostering complementarities.
During her stay, Mrs. Hetto-Gaasch also met with the Executive Director of UN-Women, Michelle Bachelet, who thanked Luxembourg for its support towards the establishment of the new Entity and, more generally, for its longstanding commitment to gender equality and women empowerment, as well as with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for sexual violence in armed conflict, Mrs. Margot Wallström.