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Den internationale kamp for kvinders rettigheder mister vigtig stemme

06.06.2017  07:03

Natten til mandag amerikansk tid døde Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, som siden 2011 har været leder of FN’s befolkningsfond, UNFPA, og en vigtig aktør på verdensplan i arbejdet med at fremme seksuel og reproduktiv sundhed og rettigheder. Minister for udviklingssamarbejde, Ulla Tørnæs udtaler:
 
”Det er med stor sorg, jeg modtager nyheden om, at Dr Osotimehin i en alt for tidlig alder er død. Han var en stærk partner for Danmark i den globale kamp for kvinders og pigers ret til selv at bestemme over egen krop og eget liv. I mine møder med Dr Osotimehin gjorde hans store engagement og hans viden om den sag, han arbejdede så intenst for, altid stort indtryk på mig. Under SheDecides konferencen i Bruxelles i marts, der som reaktion på Global Gag Rule havde til formål at mobilisere politisk og finansiel opbakning til kvinders sundhed og rettigheder, kan jeg huske, at Dr Osotimehin udtalte, at den store energi, det store engagement og de mange lande og mennesker, der stod op for verdens mest sårbare kvinder, havde gjort dagen til en af de bedste i hans liv”, siger minister for udviklingssamarbejde, Ulla Tørnæs og fortsætter:
”Dr. Osotimehins død er et stort tab for UNFPA og for den internationale kamp for kvinders og pigers rettigheder; en kamp, som Danmark sammen med ligesindede organisationer og lande vil føre videre” slutter Ulla Tørnæs.
 
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin (1949 – 2017) var lægeuddannet. Han var leder af Nigerias nationale enhed for AIDS-kontrol, og efterfølgende landets sundhedsminister inden han i 2011 blev eksekutivdirektør for UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund.

Yderligere information kontakt Marianne Lynghøj Pedersen, særlig rådgiver for ministeren for udviklingssamarbejde: 42485158
 
The global fight for women’s rights has lost an important voice
 
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, since 2011 the Executive Director of United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, died last night. He was a central actor in international efforts to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights.
 
Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of Dr Osotimehin. He was an important partner for Denmark in the global fight for the rights of women and girls to make decisions regarding their own bodies and lives. In meetings with Dr Osotimehin his strong commitment and deep knowledge of the cause he was working so intensely to promote made a deep impression on me.
 
The She Decides-conference in Brussels in March this year had as its aim to mobilise political and financial support for the health and rights of women. I remember that during the conference Dr Osotimehin mentioned that the energy, engagement and the many countries and people that stood up for the most vulnerable women of the world had made that day one of the best of his life.”
 
The loss of Dr Osotimehin is a great loss to UNFPA and to the global fight for the rights of women and girls. Denmark will continue this fight in collaboration with likeminded organisations and countries.”
 
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, a physician and public health expert, became Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund in 2011. He held the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Before this appointment, Dr. Osotimehin was Nigeria’s Minister of Health. Prior to that, he was Director-General of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Control of AIDS, which coordinates HIV and AIDS work in a country of about 180 million people.

Additional information please contact Marianne Lynghøj Pedersen, special advisor to the minister for development cooperation: 0045 4248 5158
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