Time is now to transform global push for women’s rights into action: UN

NEW YORK, 8th March, 2018 (WAM) -- On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the United Nations is urging the world to stand with rural and urban women activists to topple the remaining barriers to gender equality and empowerment.

"We at the United Nations stand with women around the world as they fight to overcome the injustices they face – whether they are rural women dealing with wage discrimination, urban women organizing for change, women refugees at risk of exploitation and abuse, or women who experience intersecting forms of discrimination," Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his message on the Day, marked annually on 8th March.

Noting that women’s empowerment is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, he affirmed that progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) means "progress for all women, everywhere."

He asserted that investing in women lifts up communities, companies and countries.

"Women’s participation makes peace agreements stronger, societies more resilient and economies more vigorous," he detailed, adding that discrimination against them is "detrimental to all."

The UN chief stressed the need for transparency and accountability if women are to reach their full potential to lift up communities, societies and economies.

"Stand with women, listen to them and learn from them," Guterres urged.

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