Guterres says U.N. stands with women in fight against injustice
15:55, Thursday, 08 March, 2018
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres submitted a message to The Asahi Shimbun and other major media organizations around the world to commemorate International Women's Day, which falls on March 8.
We are at a pivotal moment for women's rights. The historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish are being exposed like never before. From Latin America to Europe to Asia, on social media, on film sets, on the factory floor and in the streets, women are calling for lasting change and zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment and discrimination of all kinds.
Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.
The activism and advocacy of generations of women has borne fruit. There are more girls in school than ever before; more women are doing paid work and in senior roles in the private sector, academia, politics and in international organizations, including the United Nations.