UN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY

08-Mar-2022 00:03:23
Marking International Women’s Day on Tuesday, UN top officials participated in an online event dedicated to the theme “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 08 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

08 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We need more women environment ministers, business leaders and presidents and prime ministers. They can push countries to address the climate crisis, develop green jobs and build a more just and sustainable world. We cannot emerge from the pandemic with the clock spinning backwards on gender equality. We need to turn the clock forward on women’s rights. The time is now.”

3. Wide shot, UN flag at UN headquarters

4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Starting now, on International Women’s Day, it’s time to turn the clock forward for every woman and girl. Through guaranteeing quality education for every girl, so they can build the lives they want and help make the world a better place for us all. Through massive investments in women’s training and decent work. Through effective action to end gender-based violence. Through bold action to protect our planet. Through universal care that is fully integrated into social protection systems. And through targeted measures like gender quotas so we can all benefit from women’s ideas, experience and leadership everywhere decisions are made.”

5. Wide shot, UN flag at UN headquarters

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdulla Shahid, President of the General Assembly, United Nations:
“As farming lands become barren, or water shortages increase, women and girls take on increased tasks and risk. This affects their ability to pursue sustainable development objectives, affecting their health, education, and jobs and livelihoods, amongst so many other areas.”

7. Wide shot, UN headquarters with countries’ flags

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“Currently, we are witnessing the horrifying situation in Ukraine, including the hundreds of thousands displaced, reminding us that all conflicts from Ukraine, to Myanmar, to Afghanistan, from the Sahel to Yemen exact the highest price from women and girls.”

9. Wide shot, UN headquarters

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We can only address the climate emergency, and the many other challenges we face, with women and girls at the center of our efforts and the 2030 agenda is our blueprint. Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us commit to build a more equal and sustainable future for everyone.”

11. Wide shot, UN headquarters

12. SOUNDBITE (English), Jane Goodall, Founder of Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace:
“Women too often bear the brunt of the changing weather patterns that may lead to longer droughts, more hurricanes and flooding. These things are making women’s lives very difficult, because in some parts of the world women are the ones not only responsible for caring for their children and feeding the family, but also farming, selling the produce and collecting firewood and water, and these things are getting more difficult. In fact, women have a quiet strength that is often apparent during and after a disaster such as a hurricane or severe flooding. During war too, women often stand together, supporting each other and caring for all those needing help.”

13. Closeup, UN flag
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Marking International Women’s Day on Tuesday, UN top officials participated in an online event dedicated to the theme “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

Opening the event, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, said the world needs more women environment ministers, business leaders and presidents and prime ministers.

“They can push countries to address the climate crisis, develop green jobs and build a more just and sustainable world,” he argued.

According to Guterres, the world “cannot emerge from the pandemic with the clock spinning backwards on gender equality.”

For him, the time to turn the clock forward on women’s rights time is now.

The UN chief said that could be accomplished by guaranteeing quality education for every girl, through massive investments in women’s training and decent work, effective action to end gender-based violence, bold action to protect the planet, universal care that is fully integrated into social protection systems, and through targeted measures like gender quotas.

For the UN, advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.

Women are increasingly being recognized as more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men, as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on the natural resources which climate change threatens the most.

On that topic, Abdulla Shahid, President of the General Assembly, said that, “as farming lands become barren, or water shortages increase, women and girls take on increased tasks and risk.”

“This affects their ability to pursue sustainable development objectives, affecting their health, education, and jobs and livelihoods, amongst so many other areas,”, Shahid said.

The Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, highlighted other challenges, like war.

“Currently, we are witnessing the horrifying situation in Ukraine, including the hundreds of thousands displaced, reminding us that all conflicts from Ukraine, to Myanmar, to Afghanistan, from the Sahel to Yemen exact the highest price from women and girls,” she said.

Amina J. Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, argued that the world can only address the climate emergency, and many other challenges, with women and girls at the center of our efforts and the 2030 agenda as the blueprint.

“Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us commit to build a more equal and sustainable future for everyone,” she urged.

Another participant of the event was Jane Goodall, Founder of Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.

Goodall noted how women too often bear the brunt of the changing weather patterns that may lead to longer droughts, more hurricanes and flooding.

“These things are making women’s lives very difficult, because in some parts of the world women are the ones not only responsible for caring for their children and feeding the family, but also farming, selling the produce and collecting firewood and water, and these things are getting more difficult,”, she said.

Despite these difficulties, Goodall said “women have a quiet strength that is often apparent during and after a disaster such as a hurricane or severe flooding.”

“During war too, women often stand together, supporting each other and caring for all those needing help,” she concluded.
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