Security of Women- A Priority Says Deputy PM Condor

He recalled that at last year’s General Assembly in Lima Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis issued a call for the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States to convene a meeting of high level officials of Member States, before the next General Assembly, to bring requisite attention; and to formulate a solution-focused plan of action, in relation to the prevention of inter-personal violence, and the promotion of Citizen Security, in this hemisphere.

Condor was speaking at the recent Plenary Session of the 41st General Assembly of the Organization of American States in El Salvador.

The foreign Minister told colleagues that his delegation is convinced that the issue of Women’s’ Security has to be foremost and central to any serious discussion on Citizen Security in The Americas.

He said that the response of the Organization of the American States to the defense and protection of Women’s Rights and their security ought well to be defined by its capacity to succeed on the basis of it being appropriate, efficacious, and just.

“I therefore applaud the OAS for its commitment to fighting this battle full force, by first of all recognizing the scope of this reality, and establishing protocols for addressing the issue, as articulated in the Convention of Belem do Para. Our individual and collective response to infringements against gender security must be the full might of our juridical and legislative systems,” said Mr. Condor.

“While repeating that call here today, I would also want the records to reflect, that although the call has not yet been fully answered, I acknowledge the commitment demonstrated; and express my appreciation for the efforts of the Secretary General and the Secretariat, for Multidimensional Security, in setting the stage for this discourse. In addition, St. Kitts and Nevis and CARICOM in general, look forward to working closely with the General Secretariat over the ensuing months, in advancing its Violence Prevention Framework,” said Mr. Condor.

“Citizens whose security is violated do not want to wait for years to question if and when something will be done to address crisis situations; they want to feel the impact of such decisions as immediately as they feel the infractions against them. We have a monumental task, and as decision and policy makers, we are called upon to effect results oriented change that our citizens can feel contributing to their peace and security,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis Foreign Minister.

 

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