UN chief addresses int'l Women's Day

Added On March 8, 2018

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that "inequality and discrimination against women harm everyone".

He made the remarks in a message for the International Women's Day.
Emphasizing that women's empowerment was at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Guterres viewed gender equality as a human rights issue.
"We live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture. And this is true in governments, public administrations, the private sector, but also in international organizations like the UN. And so, the central question for gender equality is a question of power. And that is why the empowerment of women is our most important objective. To make that empowerment reality in the United Nations, I made parity our central reform objective.  and this will be a key instrument for us to be able to fight sexual exploitation and abuse with zero tolerance, to fight sexual harassment and to make sure that we create an organization in which women and men can work together in full equality and contribute to a world in which women and men can also be in full equality."
The UN chief noted that achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls was "the unfinished task" and "the greatest human rights challenge in our world".