18 February 2011
Ministry of Education and Research
Nyamko Sabuni to speak at UN Commission on Status of Women
Next week sees the start of the annual UN meeting looking at global gender equality challenges. Over 3 500 delegates from around the world will take part in the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which this year focuses on the access of girls and women to education.
Time and place
Selected events from Ms Sabuni's programme
Tuesday 22 February
- 13.15 Opening address at Sweden's seminar on education, gender equality and development. See separate programme for further information.
Wednesday 23 February
- 09.00 Meeting with Margot Wallström, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
- 10.30 Visit to a school in Harlem, Harlem Children's Zone.
- 13.15 Ministerial lunch with head of UN Women Michelle Bachelet.
- 15.00 Nordic side event entitled 'Why access and participation of girls and boys to education pays off - a Nordic perspective'.
Thursday 24 February
- Before 13.00: Speech in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
The Swedish delegation will be led by Minister for Gender Equality Nyamko Sabuni. In her speech, Ms Sabuni will focus on the traditions that discriminate against girls and prevent them going to school, such as child marriage.
"Child marriage is one of the greatest obstacles to girls attending school. With my speech, I want to urge world leaders to work actively to combat child marriage," says Ms Sabuni.
Sweden will also hold its own seminar on gender equality, education and development on 22 February. HRH Princess Madeleine will attend the seminar.
A long list of ministers and over 3 500 delegates, including representatives of NGOs from around the world, will take part in the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. It runs from 22 February to 4 March and this year's overarching theme is 'Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work'.
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