08 March 2012

UN Secretary-General on International Women’s Day: Women “Gaining Ground Worldwide”

To mark the occassion of International Women’s Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted gender equality and the empowerment of women are gaining ground worldwide, but urged governments, civil society and the private sector to continue to commit to gender equality and the empowerment of women as a fundamental human right and a force for the benefit of all. Read the statement here. He also made a joint announcement with the President of the General Assembly announcing the convening of a Global Conference on Women by the United Nations in 2015, 20 years after the last women’s summit in Beijing.