Delegate: Ms. Hernando
45. Ms. Hernando (Peru), speaking as a youth delegate, said that her Government had been committed to increasing investment in education and eliminating gender inequality at all levels of formal education, in order to help girls and young women to overcome the vicious cycle of poverty and social exclusion. The gender equality gap had been bridged at all education levels in Peru, and female participation was 10 per cent higher than men’s at the secondary and university levels. Nevertheless, gender inequalities remained in rural women’s access to secondary and higher education.
46. The cause of such inequalities were poverty, but also gender stereotypes, which led to problems of violence against women, a social phenomenon which affected many women in Peru, particularly young women. It was thus important to address the deeply entrenched social perceptions of gender when addressing the problem of violence against women. Lastly, she called on world leaders to continue to address the issues affecting all women, and to focus in particular on the need to increase women’s participation in global discussion forums. It was important to view women as agents of change in order to improve the world situation.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/66/SR.11
UN Doc.: A/C.3/66/SR.11, 11 October 2011, p. 8, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/peru-2011/.