Date of Meeting: 13 March 2018

Meeting Organizer: Missions of Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Bulgaria and Armenia

ISJC Staff Present: Major Mary Muindi

Reporter: Major Mary Muindi

Which SDG does this topic cover? 3, 4, 5

Type of meeting: CSW Side Event

Brief summary of presentation of information made

Speaker 1

  • It is important to empower women because they often remain invisible with no recognition or appreciation of their work.
  • Women and girls are hidden treasure and must be recognized as they are the backbone of society
  • The way to empower them is through education and health care access

Speaker 2

  • Women are affected by malnutrition more than men
  • There is less information available to rural women
  • Rural areas have high rates of early pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease
  • Women are misinformed about contraception
  • One in six girls die during unsafe abortions. This could be halved by making contraceptives available
  • With lack of education and poor access to healthcare they are double victims of  gender violence

Speaker 3

  • 42% of women in rural areas have lower levels of education
  • Women with disability have less access to health care


What was of particular significance to share with The Salvation Army globally?

  • We need to improve women’s access to education and health care. This will contribute to ending poverty and eliminating hunger
  •  We need to teach men to understand that change is needed in the way women are treated


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Tags: United Nations, SDG4: Quality Education, SDG5: Gender Equality, SDG3: Good Health and Well-Being