Time to close gender equality gap

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Now is the time to take a stand, remove the obstacles and close the gender equality gap, the UN Secretary-General has urged.

Ban Ki-moon made the remarks in Chile at the end of a two-day event on women in power and decision-making on Saturday.

Leaders at the conference called for "intense measures" to accelerate women's full and equal participation in politics and the private sector.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

The Secretary-General called on the international community to work for a stronger world and better future for all with equal rights for men and women.

The world cannot fulfil 100 per cent of its potential by leaving out 50 per cent of the people, he insisted.

According to the UN, women and girls are more than half of the global population and make up some 40 per cent of the workforce but also represent the majority of the world's poor.

The year 2015 can transform lives for generations, Ban Ki-moon said.

But for that to happen, he added, women must be front and centre.

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet was the first to lead the newly created UN Women in 2010.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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