"2015 the start of make or break period for gender equality": UN Women

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Phumzile-Mlambo-Ngcuka. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz (file)

Women around the world have been urged to work hard with men to ensure that their agenda for equality is addressed in a post 2015 development agenda.

The call was made by the head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the start of an inter-generational dialogue on gender equality in New York on Friday.

The event was part of the ongoing two-week session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

This year, the event coincides with the 20th anniversary of the historic Women's Conference in Beijing where a platform for action to achieve equality between men and women was adopted.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Advocates across generations gathered in New York on Friday to discuss strategies that can accelerate the achievement of gender equality by 2030.

In her opening remarks, the head of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urged women activists around the world to be present in the negotiations by government leaders on the 2015 development agenda.

She told the participants that gender equality demands a concerted push.

"2015 is the start of a make or break period for gender equality and women's empowerment. We have to complete the work of the last 20 years. We know we have a lot of unfinished business. We have to ensure that the commitment of Beijing to gender equality and women's empowerment is taken forward in the post 2015 development agenda." (25")

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said between 2015 and 2020 there must be a push to have what she called "substantive, critical game changers on the table first".

She said the aim is to progress substantially so that equality between men and women can be achieved by 2030.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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