UN chief calls for gender parity across UN

Added On March 14, 2019

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres underscored the need to overcome obstacles to achieve gender parity "across the board" in the United Nations.
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Guterres made the remarks at a high-level event on Tuesday, warning that humans still live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture.
SOUNDBITE(English): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
"We need parity and let me repeat again, to change power relations in societies for gender equality to be a reality. And we also need change in power relations to advance peace and security for all, as gender equality is a key instrument of peace and security."
He added that gender equality is also key to human rights and social development.
At the event, the UN chief was recognized for his work in realizing gender parity in the high ranks of the UN secretariat.
In response, he said it had been possible to achieve parity quickly at the level of the UN senior management group or UN resident coordinators.
SOUNDBITE(English): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
"Where I am free to act, we are coming very quickly to full parity within the UN. What I can promise you is we will push back against the pushbacks, and we will not give up until we reach parity across the board in the United Nations."
According to UN figures, as of November 2018, only 10 percent of UN member states have a female head of state or government. Globally, only 24 percent of parliamentarians are women.
And among the 2018 Fortune 500 companies, only 24 of them have female CEOs and 12 have no female board members at all.