Lakshmi Puri visits Malaysia, Japan and the Republic of Korea
Date: 28 May 2013
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On 29 May, at the “Women Deliver” Conference, Ms. Puri spoke on a panel on Ending Violence against Women, focusing on concrete solutions and the need for accelerated action to prevent all forms of violence against women, protect and provide services to survivors, and prosecute perpetrators.
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Ms. Puri also had extensive meetings on the sidelines of the TICAD Conference with ministers and senior officials in the Japanese Government. These included meetings with the Gender Equality Bureau, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. She also met with a number of female parliamentarians and the Mayor of Yokohama.
Ms. Puri’s visit to Tokyo and participation at TICAD V was widely welcomed by national partners, as the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality has gained momentum in recent discussions and plans related to the economic growth of Japan. Topics of discussion included: women’s economic empowerment, Japan’s collaboration with UN Women to end violence against women and girls worldwide, and the Japanese Government’s undertaking of key initiatives to increase women’s participation in all sectors of the economy.
In the Republic of Korea from 3-4 June, Ms. Puri had an opportunity to meet with new counterparts following the recent election of the country’s first female President, Park Geun-hye. This included meetings with the Minister and Vice-Minister for Gender Equality and Family where the discussion focused on concrete ways of implementing the memorandum of understanding between the Ministry and UN Women.
In addition, Ms. Puri met with National Assembly members including the Chair of the Congressional Committee on Gender Equality and Family, where the focus was on increasing women’s political and economic participation and the ways in which the Republic of Korea is moving forward in these areas. There was also discussion of the Republic of Korea’s support to increase women’s participation in peacebuilding and ending violence against women and girls, particularly in conflict.
Ms. Puri also met with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to explore ways of deepening their partnership with UN Women. At Ewha Womans University, Ms. Puri met with the President of the University regarding the memorandum of understanding between the two institutions, and participated in a roundtable discussion with Ewha faculty on women’s leadership, the post-2015 development framework and strengthening partnerships with academia.