A commemoration organised by United Nations (UN) Women under the theme of “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” was held at the UN Headquarters on Friday in New York, ahead of the International Women’s Day. The campaign calls on the international community to continue to promote women’s cause to realise “generation equality” at an early date.
Addressing the opening ceremony, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that entrenched patriarchy is creating widening gender power gaps in economic, political and cultural fields. Since the “Beijing Declaration” and “Platform for Action” were adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, global progress in women’s causes has been slow.
But in recent years, the movement for women’s rights has sprung up, and it’s a good trend as young women are showing leadership.
He spoke at length about unsung women heroes, such as American scientist Eunice Foote who proved that changes in carbon dioxide could affect the Earth’s temperature and Tu Youyou, who saved millions of lives around by turning to traditional Chinese medicine for a malaria cure. Read more