Gender equality?  Not before “300 years”, thunders the head of the UN

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres lamented on Monday that “equality” between women and men in the world is an increasingly distant goal, achieved at best “in 300 years”.

“Gender equality is getting further and further away. At the current rate, (the organization) UN Women sets it at 300 years from now,” Mr. Guterres denounced in a speech at the opening of two weeks of debates in New York of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). ) and two days away from International Women’s Day on March 8.

In the amphitheater of the General Assembly, the head of the UN considered that the “rights of women were abused, threatened, violated throughout the world” and that “the progress made over decades was disappearing before our eyes”.

He took the example of Afghanistan, where the Taliban regained power in August 2021 and where “women and girls have been erased from public life”.

He did not name other countries, but in “many places women’s sexual reproductive rights are being rolled back and girls who go to school are at risk of being abducted and assaulted”.

“Centuries of patriarchy, discrimination and painful stereotypes have created a gender gap in science and technology”, sectors in which women represent only “3% of Nobel laureates”, a-t- he took as an example.

“The patriarchy strikes back. U.S. too. I am here to say loud and clear: the United Nations stands with women and girls everywhere,” the Secretary-General concluded.


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