Gender equality a “question of power”, says Secretary-General on Women’s Day

On Friday, International Women’s Day, the Secretary-General stated that “gender equality is fundamentally a question of power.”  Stressing that we live in a male-dominated world, he said “our male-dominated culture has ignored, silenced and oppressed women for centuries – even millennia.” The Secretary-General underscored that in recent decades, there has been “remarkable progress on women’s rights and leadership,” but that these gains are far from consistent and have “sparked a backlash from an entrenched patriarchy.” The Secretary-General also said that increasing the number of women decision-makers was essential and that at the United Nations, he had made it a “personal and urgent priority.” He underscored that last year, for the first time, gender parity was reached in the UN’s Senior Management Group and among those who lead UN teams around the world.



Statements and Messages

On World Wildlife Day:

Senior Appointments

Mr. Workneh Gebeyehu Negewo as Director-General, United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON):

Next Week

On Monday, the Secretary-General will deliver remarks at the opening of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). On Tuesday, he will attend a high-level event on Women in Power and hold a Townhall with civil society on the margins of CSW. On Wednesday, the Secretary-General will travel to Washington, D.C. for meetings with the US administration and with members of the U.S. Congress.