UN warns of pushback on women's rights

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Added On March 13, 2019

 The 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women kicked off Monday at the UN headquarters. More than 9,000 representatives from across the world attended the event.

 
Addressing the opening of the session, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that there has been a "pushback" against women's rights globally.
 
SOUNDBITE?(English) ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General:
"Around the world, there is a pushback?on women's rights. The pushback?is deep, pervasive and relentless. We witness increased violence against women, especially human rights defenders and women running for political office."
 
Guterres also condemned "terrible endemic sexual and gender-based violence" against women, adding that nationalist, populist and even austerity agendas are aggravating inequality, splintering communities, and curtailing women's rights.
 
SOUNDBITE?(English) ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General:
"We see online harassment and abuse of women who speak out. In some countries, homicide rates are going down - but murders of women are going up. In others, we see a rollback of legal protection against domestic violence or even female genital mutilation."
 
The UN secretary-general called on the international community to fight for gender parity.
 
The theme of this year's event is social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
 
The 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women ends on March 22.