UN: UN official tasks women on gender equality issues for post-2015 development agenda

New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Phumzile-Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Executive Director, has called on
women around the world to work hard with men to ensure that their agenda for equality is
addressed in a post-2015 development agenda.

The call was made on Saturday at the UN headquarters in New York at an inter-generational
dialogue on gender equality to lay out issues for women empowerment.

PANA reports that advocates across generations also discussed strategies that can
accelerate the achievement of gender equality by 2030.

In her remarks, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka urged women activists around the world to be present in the negotiations by government leaders on the 2015 development agenda, noting that gender equality demands a concerted push.

"2015 is the start of a make or break period for gender equality and women's empowerment. We have to complete the work of the last 20 years. We know we have a lot of unfinished business, and we have to ensure that the commitment of Beijing to gender equality and women's empowerment is taken forward in the post 2015 development agenda," she stated.

She also said between 2015 and 2020 there must be a push to have what she called
"substantive, critical game changers on the table first", and the aim is to progress substantially so that equality between men and women can be achieved by 2030.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said UN Women had launched a global campaign in 2014 titled:
"Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It", to reignite the urgency behind the Beijing call and galvanize a new generation to address gender equality issues.

The UN official also said that 166 countries have also undertaken national reviews on the status of women, and rich contributors from civil society have been generated.

She added: "These reviews, coupled with the UN Secretary-General's report on Beijing implementation, should be a central focus to formulate concrete recommendations to step up efforts to ensure gender equality and women's empowerment touches the lives of all women and girls worldwide."

The event was part of the ongoing two-week session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women which is reviewing progress and remaining challenges in implementing the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

This year, the event coincides with the 20th anniversary of the historic Women's Conference in Beijing, China, where a platform for action to achieve equality between men and women was adopted.
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