Lakshmi Puri, UN Women, speaks at 34th World Conference

11 July 2011

Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women for the UN, told delegates today in her keynote speech that their actions have a “powerful impact” on addressing gender inequality in local communities.

Lakshmi Puri“I am struck by your sprit, dedication and potential, ignited in you by belonging to this Movement,” Ms Puri said, “I am also struck by how strong the synergy is between your mission and cause, and UN Women’s mission and cause.”

Ms Puri went on to talk about how UN Women is working on gender issues such as violence against women and girls and inequality.

Two of Auld Reekie’s news team, Pauline and Heather, were privileged to spend time with Ms Puri yesterday, and showed her the sights of Edinburgh.

“Ms Puri was particularly interested in finding out everything to do with Guiding and WAGGGS. She was also keen to learn the key goals of Girlguiding UK,” said Pauline and Heather, “We told her the ways by which the organization empowers young women, getting girls’ voices heard and creating a unique space for girls.”

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Jacey - 4 September 2011 - 6.33PM (GMT)

Now I feel sutpid. That's cleared it up for me

Yvonne Bellys Akoth - 12 July 2011 - 12.47PM (GMT)

How fanastic! WAGGGS and UN Women definately make a good team when it comes to addressing gender inequality and more recently, the fight to end violence against girls and women.Welcome on board Ms Puri! we are happy to have you in team.

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