NEW YORK, Oct 14 – Kuwait reaffirmed its commitment to implementing the UN Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, in attaining gender equality, protecting women, strengthening their rights and eliminating all forms of discrimination against them.

Sultan Al-Aradah, Third Secretary, member of the social, humanitarian, and cultural committee, delivered Kuwait’s assertion in a speech for the Kuwaiti Permanent Mission to the United Nations, on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly Tuesday evening.

Kuwait is keen to continue its financial and spiritual contributions to supporting activities of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), stemming from its belief in the importance of women’s empowerment and advancement of their civil, political, economic, and social rights, and in appreciation to the role of UN Women, in directing gender equality issues, protecting women’s rights, and boosting international cooperation in this regard, Al-Aradah affirmed.

On the national level, he noted that Kuwait has pushed towards strengthening Kuwaiti women’s empowerment, through supporting their political rights in candidacy and voting, as well as boosting their role in decision-making areas, adding that some recent achievements were attained in Kuwait in the field of women’s empowerment such as penal code legislations, experts’ law, prisons’ regulations and equal pay for the women doing the same work men do, without overlooking their maternal privileges.”Men and women are partners in society and in reaching developmental goals,” he concluded