Delegate: Ms. Ilmi Salminen
52. Ms. Salminen (Finland), speaking as a youth delegate, said that, to implement Security Council resolution 2250 (2015), she encouraged all Member States to involve young people in peacebuilding efforts and decision-making processes at all levels. In Finland, for example, young people were participating in decision-making processes at the local level through youth councils.
53. The rights of young women and girls, which were often neglected and violated, were human rights. Girls and women should have universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and equal access to high-quality education. States should take immediate measures to eliminate discrimination on the basis of gender stereotypes. The international community should work hard to change the culture around gendered skill sets and careers to achieve the full potential of societies. Similarly, the right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity was a human right that should be protected at all times.
54. Human rights were also the rights of people on the move, many of whom were young. In Finland, as in the rest of Europe, growing migration flows had brought about an increase in hate speech towards migrants and refugees, contributing to an atmosphere of fear, discrimination and demonization. To tackle that, hate speech must be denounced and countered. The dignity and equal human rights of migrants and refugees must be safeguarded.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/72/SR.1