Women's representation in senior UN posts at "historic high"

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Opening of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (09/03/2015) UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

A record number of women have been appointed to high-level positions within the UN, proving how the best person for the job is often a woman.

That's what the UN Secretary-General said in his message for International Women's Day 2016 observed annually on 8 March.

Jocelyne Sambira reports

Ban Ki-moon has signed nearly 150 letters of appointment for women in positions for Assistant Secretary-General or Under-Secretary-General.

And nearly a quarter of all UN missions are headed by women.

"As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I live by a firm principle. For too long, leaders used women to advance their power. I believe we must use our power to advance women. That is why I have appointed record numbers of women to the highest posts in the United Nations."

Marking International Women's Day, the UN Chief also called for the abandonment of female genital mutilation.

When gender equality is a reality, the world will have greater peace, prosperity and human rights for all, he concluded.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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