Women gather in Rio for a "Summit on the Future Women Want"

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Michelle Bachelet

Women want governments, civil society and the private sector to prioritize gender equality and women's empowerment.

That's according to UN Women Chief Michelle Bachelet. She told reporters in Rio de Janeiro at the Rio + 20 conference Monday that women will come together for a "Leaders' Forum" this week.

Their voices and views, she said, will pave the way for a "Summit on the Future Women Want" on the 21st of June:

“UN Women supported an online survey of women around the world that will be shared here widely this week. These women told us directly about the Future they Want. They made strong recommendations for the urgent need to focus on economic development, on access to financial and technical resources for women, and on increasing women's participation and leadership in decision making across all levels.”

Ms. Bachelet said twenty years ago, the Rio Declaration emphasized that women's full participation is essential to achieving sustainable development.

Now, 20 years later, women continue to face inequality in rights, opportunities and participation.

Duration: 31′

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