Bahai News - Baha'i UN Representative elected to head women's committee
Baha'i UN Representative elected to head women's committee
NEW YORK, 13 June 2003 (BWNS) -- The principal representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations was yesterday
elected to chair a major committee on women's issues.
Bani Dugal, the new chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of
Women at the United Nations.
Bani Dugal will serve for two years at the UN in New York as Chair of the non-governmental organizations' Committee on the Status of Women.
Then she will be eligible for a second two-year term.
As Chair of the Committee, Ms. Dugal will work with all departments at the United Nations to promote the advancement of women and girls and the
equality of women and men.
"Each of the UN agencies has a person assigned as a 'gender focal point,' and our goal is to work closely with them to ensure that gender
concerns are mainstreamed into all policies," said Ms. Dugal.
"In particular, we want to focus on promoting the concept of partnership between women and men, and the role of men and boys in the advancement
of women and girls," Ms. Dugal said.
"Another issue we hope to focus on is peace and security and post-conflict resolution," Ms. Dugal said. "We want to see women represented at
the peace table, and in the post-conflict work, in such places as Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries."
Ms. Dugal was elected by acclamation at the Committee's annual meeting. Previously, she served as the Committee's vice-chair.
The Committee is composed of about 200 international non-governmental organizations, and networks with hundreds more around the world.
UN Baha'i principal representative, Bani Dugal, (second right),
Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women with other members of the Executive. At far right is outgoing Chair, Leslie
In March, Bani Dugal was appointed Principal Representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations. Ms. Dugal had been
serving as interim Principal Representative, since Techeste Ahderom completed his duties in 2001.
Ms. Dugal came to the Baha'i International Community in 1994, and for many years served as Director of the Community's Office for the
Advancement of Women. A native of India, where she practiced law before coming to the United States, Ms. Dugal holds a Masters in
Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law in New York.
The Baha'i International Community has long been active in the Committee's work. Mary Power, who was director of the Community's Office for the
Advancement of Women until her retirement in 1997, served as the Committee's chair from 1991 to 1995. In that position, Ms. Power also served
on the Global NGO Facilitating Committee, which organized the NGO Forum on Women, held in Huairou, China from 30 August to 8 September 1995, in
parallel with the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in September 1995.
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