UN: UN chief says gender equality progressing slowly, uneven

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said important progress has been made regarding gender equality over the past two decades, but it has been slow and uneven, saying that more action is needed to redress the situation.

A brief UN statement issued to UN reporters in New York on Saturday said that Ban made the remarks in the Chilean capital city of Santiago at a high-level panel on "Women in power and decision-making."

It said that the aim of the meeting, which attracted global women leaders, presidents,
parliamentarians, government representatives, activists and businesswomen was to renew political will and commitment to gender equality.

It stated that UN agency for advancing women's rights, the UN Women, said it could take 50 years before gender parity is reached in politics.

In that regard, the UN chief urged the participants to invest in gender equality, stressing: "We must do our part to break the glass-ceilings and open the doors of opportunity for all women. I am honoured and proud to add my voice and full support of this vital cause."

The statement disclosed that the event is being held ahead of the next UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) scheduled to hold at the UN headquarters in New York on 9 March.

PANA reports that the Beijing Platform for Action, a blueprint for gender equality, turns 20 this year.
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