The First Lady at the United Nations General Assembly
- Saturday, October 01, 2011 1:26 PM
NEW YORK, USA (defend.ht) - The First Lady of the Republic, Mrs. Sophia Martelly actively participated in various activities that marked the 66th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in New York from 21 to 30 September 2011.
Apart from official meetings in which she accompanied the President of the Republic, Ms. Martelly took part in meetings of First Ladies of the members of hemispheric organizations which led to discussions and exchanges on topics related to education, to health, the issue of gender and social economic.
The meeting of First Ladies focused on developing mechanisms to put the new communication technologies in the service of health and the economy in rural areas. They discussed, in addition, the multiple problems that affect people around the world. They explored possible solutions to reduce the overall vulnerability of women, children and raised the issue of their involvement in shaping social policy of Heads of State.
With Michelle Bachelet of UN Women, Ms. Martelly spoke of the important role played by women in modern societies and the need to continue the struggle for independence and full integration in the spheres of state and government.
In addition, Ms. Martelly had a special meeting with the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, in which she presented the project "ABA grangou", initiated by the Presidency and managed by the Office of the First Lady, which is providing food assistance to needy people in the country. To this end, Ms. Martelly has to go shortly to Brazil to explore this model of assistance that is already in use in this country.
Since her first participation in the circle of First Ladies, Mrs. Martelly has received attention from her counterparts that she did not fail to thank for their support to her person and the people of Haiti.
"Being a mother of a family of four (4) children and wake up one day, a mother of ten (10) million people, requires strength and courage," said Ms. Sophia Martelly, who was already engaged in social activities prior to this position. According to the First Lady, her participation in this 66th General Assembly of the United Nations, gave him even more motivation to continue his noble work, that accompany the Head of State in its mission noble mission to improve conditions life of the population.
From the Office of Communications for the First Lady of the Republic of Haiti
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