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The 21st century must be the century of women’s equality, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, in a call to transform the world by ensuring equal participation for all. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, Guterres getting the award
2. Med shot, Guterres getting the award
3. Wide shot, auditorium

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Everywhere, women are worse off than men, simply because they are women. Migrant and refugee women, those with disabilities, and women members of minorities of all kinds face even greater barriers. And this discrimination harms us all. Just as slavery and colonialism were a stain on previous centuries, women’s inequality should shame us all in the 21st. Because it is not only unacceptable; it is stupid. Only through the equal participation of women can we benefit from the intelligence, experience and the insights of all of humanity. Women’s equal participation is vital to stability, helps prevent conflict, and promotes sustainable and inclusive development. Gender equality is the prerequisite for a better world.”
5. Cutaway, audience
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Inequality and discrimination are the norm, still everywhere. Progress has slowed to a standstill – and in some cases, has been reversed. There is a strong and relentless pushback against women’s rights. Violence against women, including femicide, is at epidemic levels. And more than one in three women will experience violence in some form during her lifetime. Legal protections against rape and domestic violence are being diluted or rolled back in some places. And rape within marriage continues to be legal in 34 countries. Women’s sexual and reproductive rights are under threat from different sides. Women leaders and public figures face harassment, threats and abuse, online and offline.”
7. Wide shot, Guterres on stage
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Male-dominated power structures underpin our economies, our political systems and our corporations. And even Hollywood fame does not protect women from men who wield physical, emotional and professional power over them. I salute those who have courageously spoken up and fought back.”
9. Cutaway, audience
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Worldwide, women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. The latest research by the World Economic Forum says it will take until 2255 to close the gender pay gap. How can I tell my granddaughters that their granddaughters’ granddaughters will still be paid less than a man for the same work?”
11. Cutaway, audience
12. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Digital technology can be an enormous force for good. But I am deeply concerned by the male domination of technological professions in the universities, start-ups and Silicon Valleys of this world. These tech hubs are already shaping the economies and societies of the future, with a huge impact on the evolution of power relations. And unless women play an equal role in designing digital technologies, progress on women’s rights could be reversed."
13. Wide shot, Guterres on stage
14. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Repealing laws that discriminate against women and girls; increasing protection against violence; closing the gap in girls’ education and digital technology; guaranteeing full access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights; and ending the gender pay gap are just some of the areas we are targeting. Women’s equal leadership and participation are fundamental.”
15. Cutaway, audience
16. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Gender equality is a question of power; power that has been jealously guarded by men for millennia. It is about an abuse of power that is damaging our communities, our economies, our environment, our relationships and our health. We must urgently transform and redistribute power, if we are to safeguard our future and our planet. That is why all men should support women’s rights and gender equality. And that is why I am a proud feminist. Women have equalled and outperformed men in almost every sphere. It is time to stop trying to change women and start changing the systems that prevent them from achieving their potential. Our power structures have evolved gradually over thousands of years. One further evolution is long overdue. The 21st century must be the century of women’s equality. Let us all play our part in making it so. And I thank you.”

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17. Wide shot, audience applauding

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18. Pan left, audience applauding

STORYLINE:

The 21st century must be the century of women’s equality, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, in a call to transform the world by ensuring equal participation for all.

Speaking to faculty and students at The New School, a university in New York City, the UN chief declared himself a proud feminist and called for men everywhere to support women’s rights.

“Just as slavery and colonialism were a stain on previous centuries, women’s inequality should shame us all in the 21st. Because it is not only unacceptable; it is stupid”, he said.

For the UN chief, gender inequality and discrimination against women and girls remains an overwhelming injustice across the globe.

“Inequality and discrimination are the norm, still everywhere. Progress has slowed to a standstill – and in some cases, has been reversed. There is a strong and relentless pushback against women’s rights. Violence against women, including femicide, is at epidemic levels. And more than one in three women will experience violence in some form during her lifetime.” he said.

At the heart of the issue is power, as male-dominated power structures underpin everything from national economies, to political systems, to the corporate world and beyond. But he pointed out that patriarchy also has an impact on men and boys, trapping them in rigid gender stereotypes, declaring that a systemic change is long overdue.

“It is time to stop trying to change women and start changing the systems that prevent them from achieving their potential. Our power structures have evolved gradually over thousands of years. One further evolution is long overdue. The 21st century must be the century of women’s equality”, he said.

Dismantling gender inequality will transform the world, the UN chief stated, and is critical to solving intractable global challenges such as conflict and violence, and the climate crisis. It also will help close the digital divide, lead to fairer globalization, and increase political representation.

As the UN turns 75 this year, the global body is taking greater action to support women’s rights, he continued.

Last month marked the start of a Decade of Action to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at building peaceful, prosperous and inclusive societies while also safeguarding the planet. The Decade of Action is aimed at transforming institutions and structures, broadening inclusion and driving sustainability.

"Repealing laws that discriminate against women and girls; increasing protection against violence; closing the gap in girls’ education and digital technology; guaranteeing full access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights, and ending the gender pay gap are just some of the areas we are targeting", he said.

On a personal level, the Secretary-General pledged to deepen his commitment to highlighting and supporting gender equality over the remainder of his mandate.

He will take steps at the global level, such as advocating for change among governments that have discriminatory laws on their books, and within the UN, by strengthening work on the links between violence against women and international peace and security.

“Gender equality is a question of power; power that has been jealously guarded by men for millennia. It is about an abuse of power that is damaging our communities, our economies, our environment, our relationships and our health", said Guterres. “We must urgently transform and redistribute power, if we are to safeguard our future and our planet. That is why all men should support women’s rights and gender equality. And that is why I am a proud feminist,” he said.
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