News in Brief 05 March 2015 (AM)

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The international community prepares to mark International Women's Day on 8 MarchPhoto: UN Women/Fernando Bocanegra

As the international community prepares to mark International Women's Day on 8 March, the UN and its agencies are highlighting the crucial need for gender equality worldwide.

Picture a woman on top of the world, says head of WFP

Picture this: a woman on top of the world.

That's what the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is asking the global community to envision.

Ertharin Cousin is saying on International Women's Day this year, she wants to pay tribute to the women and girls who dream big.

She added that WFP believes that women who are empowered will lead to its ultimate goal, a world with zero hunger.

States called to go "beyond lip-service, towards gender equality"

There is also a pressing need for women to participate in all discussions on responses to extremist violence and discrimination.

That's according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

He said States should go beyond what he called "lip-service" and genuinely challenge and dismantle the current power structures which perpetuate discrimination against women

Empowering women is precondition to sustainable development  

Meanwhile, gender equality is not only a matter of human rights, but also a precondition for sustainable development and economic growth, said the Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

LI Yong underlined that empowering women is empowering humanity.

When women and men are more equal, economies grow faster and more people are lifted out of poverty, he added.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’32″

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