Delegate: Ms. Khiabet Salazar Mujica (23 years)
68. Ms. Salazar Mujica (Peru), speaking as a youth delegate, reaffirmed the importance of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the progress reports on the implementation of commitments adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women. Although Goal 5 of the 2030 Agenda specifically called for countries to join forces to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls and eliminate all gender-based violence, including early and forced marriage, gender equality was a component of every Sustainable Development Goal and was reflected in all of Peru’s national initiatives to empower women and achieve social inclusion.
69. Peru’s national gender equality plan for 2012- 2017 aimed to mainstream the gender perspective at all levels of public administration and guarantee equality, [*11*] effective protection of human rights, nondiscrimination and the full realization of individual and collective capacities. The national plan against gender violence 2016-2021 focused on initiatives to change sociocultural patterns in power and hierarchical structures which legitimated gender violence. The Government had also agreed to introduce mechanisms to empower women politically, by guaranteeing them seats in elections, and economically, by promoting their inclusion in Government social programmes.
70. The current Government of Peru aspired to bring about a social revolution, putting an end to gender inequality and ensuring that all men and women were entitled to full citizenship and physical, political and economic freedom. Gender equality and the rights of women and children were crucial in the path towards sustainable development. The Sustainable Development Goals must be achieved by 2030 and no later.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/71/SR.8