UN Women chief says men also must champion women's rights

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Elementary school students in a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) emergency school tent in Meulaboh, Aceh on 24 August, 2005 © Jefri Aries/IRIN

The solution to global challenges such as poverty, climate change and food security is simple: invest in women.

That's according to Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.

Ms. Bachelet said if the world wants to achieve the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline, then investing in women is the right thing to do. She also called on men to become champions for women's rights.

The UN Women chief on Tuesday addressed the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Michele Zaccheo, head of the UN Information Centre there, spoke to her afterwards.

Duration: 4’58″

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