New York: Kuwait has reaffirmed its commitment to implementing the UN Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in attaining gender equality, protecting women, strengthening their rights and eliminating all forms of discrimination against them.

According to Kuwait News Agency, Kuna, Sultan Al Aradah, Third Secretary, member of the social, humanitarian, and cultural committee, delivered Kuwait’s assertion in a speech for the Kuwaiti Permanent Mission to the United Nations, on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday evening.

Kuwait is keen to continue its financial and spiritual contributions to supporting activities of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), stemming from its belief in the importance of women’s empowerment and advancement of their civil, political, economic, and social rights, and in appreciation to the role of UN Women in directing gender equality issues, protecting women’s rights, and boosting international cooperation in this regard, Al Aradah said.

On the national level, he noted that Kuwait has pushed towards strengthening Kuwaiti women’s empowerment through supporting their political rights in candidacy and voting, as well as boosting their role in decision-making areas, adding that some recent achievements had been attained in Kuwait in the field of women’s empowerment such as penal code legislation, prison regulations and equal pay for women doing the same work as men without overlooking their maternal privileges.

“Men and women are partners in society and in reaching developmental goals,” he said.