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Over the past two decades important progress has been made regarding gender equality, but it has been slow and uneven.
That's what the UN Secretary-General told a high-level panel during a "Women in power and decision-making" event held in Chile on Friday.
The aim is to renew political will and commitment to the cause.
Stephanie Coutrix reports.
Global women leaders, presidents, parliamentarians, government representatives, activists and businesswomen are meeting in the Chilean capital city of Santiago.
The global agency to advance women's rights, UN Women, says it could take 50 years before gender parity is reached in politics.
Ban Ki-moon urged the participants to invest in gender equality.
"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 event is being held ahead of the next Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on 9 March.
The Beijing Platform for Action, a blueprint for gender equality, also turns 20 this year.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.