Delegate: Ms. Polina Kempinsky
1. Ms. Kempinsky (Israel), speaking as a youth delegate, said that whereas her parents had been denied many opportunities in their country of origin, the Soviet Union, because they were Jewish, she, herself, had grown up in Israel, a democratic country, where she could express her opinions freely and attend the university of her dreams. As a participant in a project entitled Young Women Politicians, which was designed to strengthen the role of women in decision-making processes, she had met women politicians who were engaged at the national and local levels, as well as economists, researchers, diplomats and women founders of non-governmental organizations. That exposure convinced her that her parents’ experiences as Jews were part of a bigger story relating to questions of gender, gender equality, the rights of young people and those of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons (LGBT). Inclusion should not be a privilege, but a given. Having grown up in the twenty-first century, her generation had the freedom to view gender, sexual orientation and race as irrelevant and was able to put aside the prejudice of past centuries and to treat people with respect, thereby ensuring for themselves and the generations to come the opportunities they deserved. Women’s rights and LGBT rights should be already established as the natural way of the world.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/73/SR.3