UN heralds importance of promoting equality for women worldwide
The week after International Women’s Day, the UN’s secretary general highlights the need to push women’s rights forward
NEW YORK — Establishing equality for women across the globe can boost our collective growth by $12 trillion in the next 10 years, cited António Guterres, United Nations’ (UN) secretary general, as he addressed the 61st session of the Commission on Status of Women in New York yesterday.
“In a male-dominated world, the empowerment of women must be a key priority. Women already have what it takes to succeed,” said Guterres. “Empowerment is about breaking structural barriers. Men still dominate, even in countries that consider themselves as progressive.”
The secretary-general shared stats showing that when women meaningfully participate in the peace processes, the change for sustainable peace goes up by 35 per cent during 15 years.
At Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) we know how important it is to ensure girls and women have a chance to be educated. Educating communities on providing equal opportunities is an ongoing effort in the countries we work. It’s also Goal 5 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which CCFC is working to promote and put into action.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.