GA / WOMEN DAY

06-Mar-2015 00:03:47
Speaking at a high-level debate on advancing gender equality, the executive director of UN Women called on men and boys to "lead on ending violence against women."UNIFEED-UNTV /FILE
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STORY: GA / WOMEN DAY
TRT: 03:47
SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV /FILE
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS
DATELINE: 6 MARCH 2015, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior of the UNHQ

6 MARCH 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, meeting room
3. Med shot, panel
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN:
“There has never been a more important moment to commit to this great objective. This is the first generation that can eradicate poverty and we are the last generation that can avert the worst consequences of climate change. But we cannot successfully address these and other sustainable development challenges if we constrain the potential of half of the world’s population. They are women.”
5. Wide shot, audience
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen Johnson Searlif, President of Liberia:
“As we continue negotiations for post-2015 development agenda, our call women empowerment and equality must go beyond rhetoric, must set the goals that are realistic and achievable and design the monitoring and evaluation systems that motivate countries to action.”
7. Pan left, meeting room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women:
“We cannot win if we leave half of the team outside the game. That is why the special summit on sustainable development should adopt a bold agenda that fully values the role of women and girls. It must aim to be a significant progress that by 2020will have substantive results and will aim to reach the gender equality before 2030.”
9. Wide shot, meeting room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women:
“Men and boys must lead on ending violence against women. They must prevent it and seek successful prosecution of perpetrators. We need CEOs and heads of States and men in general to lead the fight on unequal pay in private sector and public sector. I am basically asking men to refuse their paycheck if it’s not equal to that of their female counterpart. That would be quite something.”
11. Med shot, delegates
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women:
“Men must refuse to marry children. They must lead the campaign to end FGM. We need men and boys to stand up against video games that perpetuate the stereotype and expose boys to violence against women and makes sexual exploitation a game and something that is normal.”
13. Med shot, meeting room

UN WOMEN - 1995 – BEIJING, CHINA

14. Wide Shot, exterior, Beijing Conference Center, flag hoisting for Fourth World Conference on the Status of Women.
15. Wide shot, interior, Beijing Conference Center with China and United Nations flags
16. Wide shot, audience
17. UPSOUND (English) Hillary Clinton, Former First Lady of the USA :
"Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all”
18. Wide shot, audience applause.

UN WOMEN – JUNE 2013 - SOUTH SUDAN

19. Pan right, women celebrating, dancing.
20. UPSOUND (English), group of men chanting:
“Let us stop violence against women.”
21. Close up, victim of violence with blood shot eye.

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22. Wide shot, women drawing water from well.

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23. Med shot, young women

UN WOMEN – 2010 - LIBERIA

24. Various shots, women singing and dancing for peace.
STORYLINE
Speaking at the high-level debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the world had seen important advances for gender equity over the past two decades as women’s participation in political life has increased, maternal mortality has dropped, and the gender gap in primary education has closed.

According to UN Women, in fact, approximately 50 per cent of women worldwide are in paid employment – an increase from 40 per cent more than 20 years ago. In the international sphere, meanwhile, the global community has widely acknowledged the need to increase women’s role in peacebuilding in post-conflict countries, boosting women’s presence in area traditionally dominated by men.

Nonetheless, the data also paint a startling picture: today, only one in five parliamentarians is a woman while, at the present rate of progress, it will take an estimated 81 years for women to achieve parity in employment. At the same time, the pandemic of violence against women and girls affects one in three women worldwide.

The Secretary-General said that “this is the first generation that can eradicate poverty and we are the last generation that can avert the worst consequences of climate change. But we cannot successfully address these and other sustainable development challenges if we constrain the potential of half of the world’s population. They are women.”

Speaking after Ban, Liberian president Helen Johnson Searlif said that “as we continue negotiations for post-2015 development agenda, our call for women empowerment and equality must go beyond rhetoric, must set the goals that are realistic and achievable and design the monitoring and evaluation systems that motivate countries to action.”

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women said “we cannot win if we leave half of the team outside the game.”

She also said that “the special summit on sustainable development should adopt a bold agenda that fully values the role of women and girls.

UN Women chief proposed that to aim for “a significant progress that by 2020 will have substantive results and will aim to reach the gender equality before 2030.”

Calling on men and boys to lead in effort to end the violence against women, Mlambo-Ngcuka asked men “to refuse their paycheck if it’s not equal to that of their female counterpart.”

She said “that would be quite something.”

As the UN prepares for the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the Organization is planning a number of major events on gender issues over the next week, including an International Women’s Day march that will wind its way from UN Headquarters to New York’s Times Square on 8 March.
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