UN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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At an event observing International Women's Day, UN chief António Guterres today said, “gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 06 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters
2.Various shots, General Assembly
3.SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face. I have said it before, and I will say it again: gender equality is a question of power. Men have used and abused power to control women and prevent them from achieving their potential for millennia. Deep-rooted patriarchy and misogyny have created a yawning gender power gap in our economies, our political systems, our corporations, our societies and our culture.”
4.Wide shot, General Assembly
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Generation Equality cannot be Generation Gradual Improvement or Generation Incremental Change. Generation Equality means equal rights and opportunities for all women and girls, now.”
6.Wide shot, General Assembly
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We must push back against the pushback. We cannot give way; we refuse to lose the ground we have won. It is more important than ever for men to stand up for women’s rights and gender equality.”
8.Wide shot, General Assembly
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland:
“I argue that the best way to get gender transformative policy is to have more women in high level political decision-making positions. I want to pay tribute to all strong woman politicians and leaders in this room, in Finland and elsewhere who have pioneered in advancing the rights of women and girls.”
10. Wide shot, Sanna Marin at the podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland:
“The Finnish government wants to ensure that girls and women are empowered to become agents and innovators in the digitalized world. Generation Equality will allow us to strengthen our commitment and most importantly to put women and girls’ rights at the centre of technology, innovations, and digital transformation.”
12. Various shots, General Assembly
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate:
“In such an unjust and unequal world, gender equality must be more than simple numbers and counting on equal measures. Gender Equality must be an understanding that equality is linked to our collective humanity. It is linked to peace and justice, which for me means being willing to radically transform the systems and structures that hold women and girls down.”
14. Wide shot, audience
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate:
“It’s time for us to own our issues, we must own our agenda, we must own out narrative. We must bring along the next generation of women, the struggle for equality is a long way ahead but with young women ahead, we can surely win. I am gender equality. I am generation equality. Who are you?”
16. Wide shot, General Assembly

STORYLINE:

UN chief António Guterres today (6 Mar) said, “gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face.”

Delivering his remarks at the Observance of International Women's Day event in New York, Secretary-General Guterres stressed, “gender equality is a question of power. Men have used and abused power to control women and prevent them from achieving their potential for millennia.”

He continued, “deep-rooted patriarchy and misogyny have created a yawning gender power gap in our economies, our political systems, our corporations, our societies and our culture.”

The UN chief also noted that women are still very frequently denied a voice, their opinions are ignored, and their experience is discounted.

He listed plenty of examples from recent months, such as high-profile peace agreements being signed without any women at the table, emergency healthcare meetings on the new coronavirus were convened with few or no women.

Noting that young women are redefining what power looks like by creating new, inclusive forms of leadership that unite people across borders and around common goals, Guterres reiterated, “Generation Equality cannot be Generation Gradual Improvement or Generation Incremental Change. Generation Equality means equal rights and opportunities for all women and girls, now.”

The UN chief also reaffirmed his determination to achieve gender parity at all levels at the United Nations. He said he was pleased that his Organization has done so at senior levels two years ahead of schedule.

However, Guterres also stated that though the world has seen progress, there is still pushback.

The UN chief said, “We must push back against the pushback. We cannot give way; we refuse to lose the ground we have won. It is more important than ever for men to stand up for women’s rights and gender equality.”

Also speaking at the event was Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin, the 34-year-old who became the world’s youngest prime minister last year.

The Prime Minister said, “the best way to get gender transformative policy is to have more women in high level political decision-making positions.”

She paid tribute to “all strong woman politicians and leaders in this room, in Finland and elsewhere who have pioneered in advancing the rights of women and girls.”

Marin also said that her government “wants to ensure that girls and women are empowered to become agents and innovators in the digitalized world.”

She stated, “Generation Equality will allow us to strengthen our commitment and most importantly to put women and girls’ rights at the centre of technology, innovations, and digital transformation.”

Leymah Gbowee, the Liberian Nobel Peace Laureate also spoke at the event. She said, “in such an unjust and unequal world, gender equality must be more than simple numbers and counting on equal measures.”

She continued, “Gender equality must be an understanding that equality is linked to our collective humanity. It is linked to peace and justice, which for me means being willing to radically transform the systems and structures that hold women and girls down.”

Ending her speech, Gbowee said, “it’s time for us to own our issues, we must own our agenda, we must own out narrative. We must bring along the next generation of women, the struggle for equality is a long way ahead but with young women ahead, we can surely win.”

She said, “I am gender equality. I am generation equality. Who are you?”

Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is Founder and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, based in Monrovia. Leymah is best known for leading a nonviolent movement that brought together Christian and Muslim women to play a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s devastating, fourteen-year civil war in 2003.

2020 marks the twenty-fifth year since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - a progressive roadmap for gender equality.

Today's event was in observance of International Women’s Day which is this Sunday (8 Mar). This year’s theme for the day is, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country, to drive actions that will create the gender-equal world.
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