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Mr. Ban Ki-moon praises Tunisian women's status

Published the:  05/04/2011

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April 5, 2011 TAP - "It is by no means a coincidence that the revolutionary fervour which is sweeping North Africa and the Middle East started in Tunisia; and that women have played a leading part", U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, on Monday during a symposium in Philadelphia, at the University of Pennsylvania, United States of America.
Tunisia was the first Arab country to grant women the right to vote," he said. "Girls grow up literate.
They see women well-represented in professions and parliament.
As a result, "they have a strong understanding of their fundamental rights", he added.
"The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt represent one of the greatest opportunities to advance democracy and Human Rights in a generation", he said.
"Properly handled, they can become a model for similar transformations across the Arab world and beyond", he explained.
According to the U.N. Secretary-General "women in those countries need the strong backing of the international community", he stressed.
"If these revolutions are to produce real change for the region and if our new 'UN-Entity-for-Women' is to produce real change for women, they need the committed and co-ordinated support of all", he emphasised.