UN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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As the UN observes International Women's Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that as a son, husband, father and grandfather to women it is his duty to fight for gender equality and women's empowerment which are fundamental to the very identity of the organization. UNTV

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DATELINE: 3 MARCH 2010, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters
2. Wide shot, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As a son and a husband, as a father and grandfather to girls, it is my honour. And as Secretary-General, it is my duty - gender equality and women’s empowerment are fundamental to the very identity of the United Nations.”
4. Cutaway, audience
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime. Most commonly they are attacked by an intimate partner. We sometimes hear it said that such practices are a matter of culture. They are not. They are abuses. They are criminal. They deny women’s fundamental rights.”
6. Cutaway, audience
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Overall, the number of women in senior posts -- at the rank of Deputy Secretary-General, Under-Secretary-General, and Assistant Secretary-General has increased by 40 per cent under my tenure. But this is still not enough. I take seriously the General Assembly mandate for gender parity throughout the UN system.”
8. Cutaway, women holding a banner reading “Gear Up Now!”
9. Wide shot, end of meeting
10. Med shot, Ban meeting with Paik Hee-young, Minister of Gender Equality of the Republic of Korea
11. Med shot, Ban meeting Gabriele Heinesch-Hosek, Minister for Women and Public Administration of Austria
13. Wide shot, press conference
14. Cutaway, journalists
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Patricia Licuanan, Chair, Asia-Pacific NGO Forum:
“If there was sexual harassment and this is something we know if quite widespread, the UN should be in fact a role model and I think they should be stricter the same way that peacekeeping forces have to be also taken to task to be better behaved than other groups.”
16. Cutaway, journalists
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, United Nations:
“As a policy, this is what the UN does – it invokes the immunity to protect the interest of the organization not individual staff in criminal cases.”
18. Cutaway, journalists
19. Various shots, beginning of press conference on women in politics
20. Close-up, map of women in politics 2010
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Anders B. Johnsson, Secretary-General, Inter-Parliamentary Union:
“The Arab region is doing better in percentage terms. Curiously enough it is the region in these 15 years in percentage terms has made the most fastest advance but they also have the longest way to go in terms of catching up.”
22. Wide shot, end of press conference

STORYLINE:

As the United Nations observed International Women's Day today (3 March), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that as a son, husband, father and grandfather to women it is his duty to fight for gender equality and women’s empowerment which are fundamental to the very identity of the organization.

Speaking at the a high-level meeting of the current session of Commission on the Status of Women, during which the Day was observed, Ban addressed large audience of government officials, NGOs and press, and delivered his message of this year’s commemoration.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 – which remains the most comprehensive global policy framework to achieve the goals of gender equality, development and peace.

Despite progresses made on women’s rights since Beijing, Ban added that “up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime,” saying that such practices, criminal and abusive, deny women’s fundamental rights.

On gender quality at the UN, Ban expressed his wish to lead by example, citing the numerous achievements made by the UN to give women a stronger voice.

There are currently more women in senior posts at the Organization than at any other time in UN history, rising 40 per cent in the last three years.

He acknowledged that this is not enough, noting that women continue to be under-represented in areas such as peacekeeping.

Last September, it was announced that four UN agencies and offices – including the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) – will be amalgamated to create a new single entity within the world body to promote the rights and well-being of women worldwide and to work towards gender equality.

Following the meeting, Ban met with Paik Hee-young, Minister of Gender Equality of the Republic of Korea, and Gabriele Heinesch-Hosek, Minister for Women and Public Administration of Austria. Both ministers were attending the Commission on the Status of Women which started on Monday (1 March).

At a press conference on International Women’s Day later today, speakers were asked about sexual harassment cases at the UN.

Patricia Licuanan, Chair of the Asia-Pacific NGO Forum said that it was important that the “UN should be in fact a role model” and that “peacekeeping forces have to be also taken to task to be better behaved.” In the past, there have been allegations of crimes of sexual exploitations against uniformed personnel in peacekeeping.

On the use of diplomatic immunity at a recent sexual discrimination lawsuit brought by two UN staff members against the organization and three top former officials, Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, added that the UN’s policy is to invoke immunity to protect the interest of the organization not individual staff in criminal cases.

Later today, another press conference was held presenting the latest map of women in politics.

Anders B. Johnsson, Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), said that the Americas had the most number of women in high-level government positions, followed by Europe, Africa, Asia and the Arab region.

He added that although the Arab region has made the most progress in the last 15 years, it still has a lot of catching up to do at nine percent.

According to the IPU, women comprise only 18.8 per cent of parliament members worldwide, shy of the 20 per cent target set by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Beijing Declaration.
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