People march in New York for gender equality

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International community urged to progress gender equality
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Over a thousand people have taken to the streets of New York City to call for global solidarity in the push towards gender equality.

The march comes on International Women’s Day celebrated annually on March 8th and ahead of two weeks' of discussions at the United Nations focusing on the empowerment of women.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The march is calling on governments to renew commitments to gender equality and to address the challenges that are holding women and girls from reaching their full potential.

The United Nations agency which focuses on gender issues, UN Women says equality between the sexes should be achieved over the next 15 years.

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka addressed people as they marched in the centre of New York City.

"We want gender equality. What we are here to do today is to start a journey and work hard so that by 2020 we can show the direction  towards the end of gender inequality. We know when there is gender equality, girls and boys will go to school and they will prosper."

In the coming two weeks, the international community is meeting at the UN in New York to review progress and the challenges in implementing the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

The Declaration is considered the most progressive plan ever adopted to advance women's rights.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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