Message from Vice President United Nations
Dear Members, Gender equality is an existing and unrealized commitment . that is enshrined in global human rights conventions, reasserted in the declarations and platforms for action of the United Nations conferences of the 1990s, in recent global commitments such as those made the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+ 20), and specifically reinforced in relation to peace and security in resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
After working on empowerment of women in the framework of sustainable development over the years in my professional life, elected as Vice President United Nations in the XXVIII BPW International Congress in Jeju Island, South Korea in 23-27 May 2014, was great honour and unforgettable moment in my life. Thus, I would like to thank all of you in order to nominate me for this position.
I am aware of my great responsibility to empower our members, broaden collaborations with other institutions, strength our advocacy role at national, regional and international levels and make a difference through leadership and action together with other remarkable executive board members.
I wish with all my heart that the number of women who are pioneers in the dream of peace and social justice, of international understanding and goodwill, go increasing more and more as expected by Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips. I commemorate her beloved memory once more in order to enrich us with a legacy and pledge us to fulfil a mandate.
Dr. Arzu ÖZYOL
Second Vice President
Chair of the UN-Status of Women Standing Commitee