Special measures needed to empower women: UN official

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Michelle Bachelet

Special temporary measures, such as quotas, can help boost the number of women in parliament and decision-making positions.

That's what Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), said in India on Wednesday.

Gerry Adams reports.

Michelle Bachelet addressed the Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference of Women Speakers of Parliament in the Indian capital New Delhi.

She said that India has had what she called a "dramatic rapid change" in its efforts to advance gender equality and women's empowerment as a result of quotas.

Ms. Bachelet said that ten years ago, women were less than five per cent of elected leaders in village councils in India but today more than 40 per cent of local council leaders are women.

However, she added, globally women, who constitute 51 per cent of the world's population, are under-represented, averaging a mere 20 per cent of parliamentarians.

Ms. Bachelet encouraged governments to adopt special measures, such as quotas to boost women's representation in decision making positions.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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