by Alfredo Carrillo
Ms. Ulla Tørnæs, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, visited Georgetown on October 12, 2017 to discuss the importance of giving women the ability to make greater contributions to the development of their communities. The event was sponsored by the Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace, and Security and the BMW Center for German and European Studies. Tørnæs said that women can make significant contributions to the improvement of societies and that governments and international organizations should gear their policies and programs towards helping them fulfill their potential.
“Women have capacities, women have potential that should be unleashed to make them agents of positive change to the benefit of themselves, their families, and their societies.”
Tørnæs emphasized the need to provide education, protection, and autonomy to all girls and women, for only when they have complete ownership over their bodies and their future, would they be able to make an impact within their communities. To achieve this, Tørnæs proposed that humanitarian institutions and organizations adopt a holistic approach that addresses the fundamental causes of gender inequality.
“It is our firm belief that we cannot reach the Sustainable Development Goals if we do not engage, involve, empower, and invest in women.”