UN: Ban asks men to 'stand up' for women's rights

New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the International Women’s Day, the UN on Friday launched the "He for She" campaign urging men to stand up for the rights of their mothers, sisters and daughters, noting that human rights for girls and women are not a dream but a duty of all.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who spoke at the launching said: "Throughout the world, discrimination against women and girls is rampant, and in some cases getting worse. But we also know equality for women is progress for all."

Ban appealed to men and boys of the world to join in the campaign, saying that where men and women had equal rights, societies prospered.

He noted that gender equality and women’s empowerment had been a top priority for him since taking office in 2007.

"Today, the top humanitarian officials of the United Nations (Valerie Amos), our top development official (Helen Clark), the head of peacebuilding support and the head of peacekeeping support (Ameera Haq), the heads of human rights (Navi Pillay), disarmament (Angela Kane), the Joint OPCW-UN Mission on the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons (Sigrid Kaag), and the World Food Programme (Ertharin Cousin) not to mention my own Chief of Staff (Susana Malcorra) are all women," he said.

The UN chief also added that women’s rights, women’s empowerment, and gender equality were essential components of development, including reproductive rights and ending violence against women.

On her part, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, said: "I commend men and boys who have spoken out and stand with women and girls, as you know women hold half of the sky. We call on all men also, stand up and hold up half of their part of the sky."

Next year will mark 20th anniversary of the landmark World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China.

The Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, adopted unanimously by 189 countries, is considered the key global policy document on gender equality, addressing critical areas such as women and poverty, violence against women and the human rights of women.
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