“The challenges we face today – COVID-19 pandemics, the climate crisis, the rise and spread of conflicts – largely the result of a male-dominated world and male-dominated culture,” Secretary General António Guterres say in one declare in a side event of 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
He explained that The “dangerous state” of world peace cannot be separated from “millennia of patriarchy and the suppression of women’s voices” and cites that as why equality and gender equality are “a fundamental prerequisite for a safer, more peaceful, more sustainable world for all”.
Five steps of transformation
The head of the United Nations turned to Our Common Agenda report, which outlines transformative actions for more equal sharing of power, starting with the repeal of all laws discriminating on the basis of gender.
Second, where necessary, special measures and quotas should be introduced to ensure equal participation of women in all sectors and decision-making levels, he argued.
Investing in women’s economic inclusion and tackling unpaid care work, he said, should be another priority, while focusing on young women’s voices and leadership roles. .
Regarding his last point, he said that every country should have a plan to end all forms of violence against women and girls.
“This must be treated as an emergency – supported by the laws, policies and political will necessary to achieve this goal.“I said.
“Taken together, these five actions have the potential to completely transform society and create the gender-equal world we need.”
Widespread and interconnected
The head of the UN highlighted the growing emergencies – from the war in Ukraine to “coups and chaotic conflicts” in many countries– and the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, describe the “atlas of human suffering” disproportionate impact on women and girls; and the unfair COVID recovery is eroding women’s rights.
“These are widespread and interconnected crises that affect us all – but not equally,” he said.
With the economy slowing, more and more women are losing their jobs, he added, and unpaid care work continues to fall on women and girls – with “serious consequences”. on education, economic independence and intergenerational poverty”.
Despite the ongoing gender-based violence emergency, the UN chief says women continue to advocate and speak out for peace, equality, climate action, sustainable development sustainability and human rights.
“Courageous women take to the streets on every continent, fighting for their rights and for more peaceful, inclusive, sustainable economies and societies that benefit us all.“I said.
Biggest development challenge
Mr. Guterres said that the CSW . topic Achieving gender equality… in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programs and programs is “more necessary than ever.”
“It is the greatest sustainability challenge of our time,” he said, explaining that the three-planetary crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss “causes great threat to progress on women’s rights and gender equality”.
“The climate crisis is a human rights crisis – and a women’s rights crisis,” and climate action must include “investing in women’s activists, human rights defenders and civil society organisations”.
Leveling the playing field
Our Common Agenda is “a feminist agenda, based on equal power, participation and leadership of men and women”, the head of the United Nations said, pledging to prioritize gender equality.
He explains how reporting meets today’s social and economic needs; climate and environmental crises; digital revolution; and gender equity, all of which are “long overdue.”
“Our Common Agenda… Refers to the internal reforms needed to make the United Nations the leading global organization as a gender-equal organization,” said the top UN official.
In the end, he asked The Under-Secretary-General oversees an independent assessment of the gender structure of the entire UN family“To make sure we are fit for the purpose of doing gender equality.”
Voice of Civic
The head of the United Nations has voiced alarm at the decline of civil space globally, citing an authoritative survey that shows that only 3% of the world’s people live in countries where organizations are located. civil society organizations can operate freely.
“Civil society organizations unite the government and the people, and describe them as ‘an important voice for human rights’,” he said.
“When civil society is stifled, we lose an essential forum for dialogue – the lifeblood of democracy.”, Mr. Guterres continued to advocate for the protection and expansion of the civic space, where women’s rights organizations, young activists and women’s environmental and human rights defenders can play a full role. me.
“See me as an ally,” he said during the town hall meeting.