Addressing a high-level meeting to commemorate the landmark 1995
So “this is no time for commemoration or self-congratulation,” he warned, because progress achieved by women “is being undermined, even in our democracies.”
Macron said in his prerecorded speech that progress is being undercut “starting with the freedom for women to control their own bodies, and in particular the right to abortion.” And he cited continuing inequalities in schooling, pay, domestic work, and political representation.
In today’s more divided, conservative and still very male-dominated societies, he said, “we have seen around the world a pushback against gender equality and women’s rights.”
“Now is the time to push back against the pushback,” he declared.
Fiji’s Prime Minister
“The second-class status of women is deeply engrained in many societies, and it takes time and effort to root it out,” he said.
The head of the
But she also stressed significant “push back” on reproductive rights and other issues in developed countries, including
“Women are now calling for a leapfrog to 50 percent representation, or parity in all spheres, including Cabinets, corporate boards, and throughout the economy, including women as beneficiaries of COVID-19 fiscal stimulus packages, engagement in all peace processes, and closing the digital divide,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said.
Secretary-General Guterres said the coronavirus pandemic has hit women and girls the hardest and warned: “Unless we act now, COVID-19 could wipe out a generation of fragile progress towards gender equality.”
“There is more gender-based violence,” she said. “More women and girls losing their livelihoods, and more girls are sadly not returning to school.”
In her prerecorded speech, German
Looking back at the
“But we still have a long way to go,” she said, stressing that equality is a question that women and men can only resolve together, and only “if society, business and governments pull in the same direction.”
“Get on board!” Merkel urged. “Let’s work together to really target the
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“We have not achieved on many of those areas and have retreated in some like war, poverty and disease,” she said. “The struggle against inequality and racism is ongoing and has emerged as a major issue in the Western Hemisphere.”
At Thursday’s meeting, there were 167 scheduled speakers, each expected to give a three-minute address. But
Bozkir said there would not be another day for speeches, but the
Among the countries unable to give their speeches were
DeVos praised the “incredible gains” for American women since the
She accused the