UN / WOMEN LEADERS PLATFORM

20-Sep-2022 00:02:32
Women Heads of State and Government met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Week to discuss global issues in the newly created UNGA Platform of Women Leaders. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / WOMEN LEADERS PLATFORM
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters
2. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
3. Wide shot, women leaders gathered
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen Clark, former Prime Minister, New Zealand:
“As a former New Zealand Prime Minister coming to the Millennium Summit in 2000, and Mary Robertson, former president of Ireland and, at the time, the UN Human Rights Commissioner, we convened a small meeting of women leaders, Sheikh Hasina was there, I was there. It was a very small group. So it's wonderful to see this formal platform that you have created for today's meeting. I'm very, very happy to be here and to support all the women leaders who are here.”
5. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“Never has the opportunity to gather women world leaders been so timely and so critical. But we all know that when it comes to women in political decision-making equality is still far off. Women represent only one in four members of Parliament's worldwide and just 34 percent of those elected to local governments. And higher up the echelons of power, women are fewer in numbers. They are less than 10 percent of heads of state and government and more than 100 countries have never had a woman executive.”
7. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“This is why we see so few women in power at this venue, the High-Level of the United Nations General Assembly. In 2020. Only 4 percent of speakers during the General Assembly were women, which Fortune magazine dubbed as the ultimate man hub.”
9. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“As the DSG recalled, with this pace gender parity for the heads of state and government will not be reached for another 130 years. We cannot wait that long. If we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we must redouble our efforts for gender equality, we must increase women's leadership and we must continue to push for spaces that amplify the voices of women. We know that gender equal societies are more peaceful, and more prosperous.”
11. Med shot, participants clapping
STORYLINE
Women Heads of State and Government met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Week to discuss global issues in the newly created UNGA Platform of Women Leaders.


The event, under the theme of “Transformative Solutions by Women Leaders to Today’s Interlinked Challenges”, highlighted that women’s full and effective political participation and decision-making are crucial to addressing global priorities effectively, decisively, and inclusively.

Csaba Kőrösi, the President of the 77th session of the General Assembly, invited the former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark to chair the meeting.

Clark recalled the time she participated in the Millennium Summit in 2000 and together with and Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, convened a small meeting of women leaders.

“Sheikh Hasina was there, I was there. It was a very small group. So it's wonderful to see this formal platform that you have created for today's meeting. I'm very, very happy to be here and to support all the women leaders who are here,” said Clark.

Sima Bahous, the Executive Director of UN Women, said that “never has the opportunity to gather women world leaders been so timely and so critical.”

Bahous also noted that “when it comes to women in political decision-making, equality is still far off.”

According to the UN Women chief, women represent only one in four members of Parliament's worldwide and just 34 percent of those elected to local governments. Women are also less than 10 percent of Heads of State and Government and more than 100 countries have never had a woman executive.

“This is why we see so few women in power at this venue, the High-Level of the United Nations General Assembly. In 2020. Only 4 percent of speakers during the General Assembly were women, which Fortune magazine dubbed as the ultimate man hub,” recalled Bahous.

The Executive Director also noted that, at the current pace, gender parity for the heads of state and government will not be reached for another 130 years.

For Bahous, the world “cannot wait that long” and must redouble its efforts for gender equality and “continue to push for spaces that amplify the voices of women.”

“We know that gender equal societies are more peaceful, and more prosperous,” the UN Women chief concluded.

Present in the event, were the President Katalin Novák of Hungary, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir of Iceland, Prime Minister Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa of Samoa, and Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja of Uganda, as well as Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes of Aruba and Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs of St. Maarten.

The event was hosted by the Office of the President of the General Assembly and UN Women, in cooperation with the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL).

The UNGA Global Platform of Women Leaders stems from a meeting on 21 September 2021, between women Heads of State and Government and Abdulla Shahid, the President of the 76th session of the General Assembly.
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