UN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

08-Mar-2021 00:02:36
“Women must be at the centre of the recovery as we make the course corrections that the pandemic has highlighted so vividly,” the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a virtual event marking the International Women’s Day on Monday. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 8 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Exterior shot, national flags at the UN Headquarters

8 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Graphics, International Women’s Day poster
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Even as women have played critical roles during the pandemic, we have seen a roll-back in hard-won advances in women’s rights. This regression harms women and girls above all – but it also harms everyone and all our work for peace and prosperity.”
4. Graphics, International Women’s Day poster
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
6. “Women have an equal right to speak with authority on the decisions that affect their lives. This is how we will ensure that decisions are inclusive and reflect the needs of the entire population. This is how we will rebuild from a pandemic that has made gender inequality worse, that has pushed more women into poverty, out of jobs and away from access to educational and medical services, including for sexual and reproductive health.”
7. Graphics, International Women’s Day poster
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The Covid-19 has been a calamity for the world, and for women and girls. But it has also forced a reckoning with global inequalities, fragilities and entrenched gender discrimination. Women must be at the centre of the recovery as we make the course corrections that the pandemic has highlighted so vividly. This is a job for all of us.”
9. Graphics, International Women’s Day poster
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women:
“On this International Women’s Day 2021 we stand on a crossroads as we ponder a recover from the pandemic that has had a disproportional impact on women and girls.”
11. Graphics, International Women’s Day poster
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women:
“As we go into the Commission on the Status of Women, we have an opportunity to call for representation of women in all decision-making bodies. We only have 13 percent of parliaments that are gender equal; 119 countries have never had a woman leader. We also have (only) 14 gender-equal cabinets in the world.”
13. Graphics, International Women’s Day poster
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Somaya Faruqi, member of the Afghan Girls Robotic Team:
“There are millions of girls around the globe who are curious - curious about science, engineering and technology but are deterred by harmful gender stereotypes, by luck of support and also unequal access to education and technology to pursue a future in the same field.”

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15. Exterior shot, national flags at the UN Headquarters
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“Women must be at the centre of the recovery as we make the course corrections that the pandemic has highlighted so vividly,” the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a virtual event marking the International Women’s Day on Monday (8 Mar).

“Even as women have played critical roles during the pandemic, we have seen a roll-back in hard-won advances in women’s rights. This regression harms women and girls above all – but it also harms everyone and all our work for peace and prosperity.”

Women have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic – from being pushed into poverty, to losing jobs as the informal economy shrinks, to an alarming spike in domestic violence and the unpaid care burden.
At the same time, women have stood resolutely on the frontlines of pandemic response, as essential workers, care givers and leaders.

“Women have an equal right to speak with authority on the decisions that affect their lives,” said Guterres. “This is how we will ensure that decisions are inclusive and reflect the needs of the entire population. This is how we will rebuild from a pandemic that has made gender inequality worse, that has pushed more women into poverty, out of jobs and away from access to educational and medical services, including for sexual and reproductive health.”

Calling the Covid-19 pandemic “a calamity for the world,” which has “forced a reckoning with global inequalities, fragilities and entrenched gender discrimination,” Guterres called for women to be placed at “the centre of the recovery as we make the course corrections that the pandemic has highlighted so vividly.”
“This is a job for all of us,” he said.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN-Women, the Organization’s entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, underlined the need for political will to actively and intentionally support women’s representation.

“On this International Women’s Day 2021 we stand on a crossroads as we ponder a recover from the pandemic that has had a disproportional impact on women and girls,” Mlambo-Ngucka said.

In a message, she went on to note that concrete efforts such as setting and meeting parity targets, at all levels of government; or special measures such as putting in place and enforcing quotas and policies to address representation for “real progress” on women’s leadership.

“As we go into the Commission on the Status of Women, we have an opportunity to call for representation of women in all decision-making bodies. We only have 13 percent of parliaments that are gender equal; 119 countries have never had a woman leader. We also have (only) 14 gender-equal cabinets in the world,” Mlambo-Ngucka said.

The Commission on the Status of Women is an intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It holds annual two-week sessions every March at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The event also featured several young women leaders. Somaya Faruqi, member of the Afghan Girls Robotic Team consisting of five girls from Herat, western Afghanistan, which has developed a prototype ventilator in support to their country’s health system at a time when a limited number of ventilators has stretched its capacities to fight the pandemic.

In November 2020, Faruqi, the team leader was chosen as one of the BBC's 100 most inspiring and influential women of the year -- globally.

“There are millions of girls around the globe who are curious - curious about science, engineering and technology but are deterred by harmful gender stereotypes, by luck of support and also unequal access to education and technology to pursue a future in the same field,” Faruqi said.

The UN began celebrating the International Women's Day in 1975, which was designated International Women’s Year. Over the decades it has morphed from recognizing the achievements of women to becoming a rallying point to build support for women's rights and participation, in the political and economic arenas.

This year’s commemorations, under the theme ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,’ comes as the world continues to navigate the pandemic, which has wiped out decades of hard-won progress towards gender equality.
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