编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2018年3月10日 作者:古特雷斯(António Guterres)

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear friends,

I am delighted to be with you to celebrate the activism and transformative power of women and girls.

We are at a pivotal moment for women’s rights.

For decades, women have been calling for the equality that is their right.

And today, they are shaking the pillars of patriarchy.

They are telling their stories and provoking important and necessary conversations.

Everywhere, women are saying “The Time is Now”.

Time for equality and opportunity, respect and equal representation.

Time for an end to violence.

Around the world, women and girls are calling out the abusive behaviour and discriminatory attitudes they face everywhere and all the time.

They are insisting on lasting change.

This is what women and girls want.

And that is what I want.

And it is what every sensible man and boy should want.

First, because gender equality is a fundamental human right.

But also because there is no better path to a more peaceful and prosperous world than the empowerment of women and girls.

Power is at the heart of the matter. As we still live in a male dominated world with male dominated culture and until power is fairly shared, the world will remain out of balance.

Gender inequality, discrimination and violence against women harm us all.

There is overwhelming evidence that investing in women is the most effective way to lift communities, companies and countries.

Women’s participation makes peace agreements stronger, societies more resilient and economies more vigorous.
And that is why the empowerment of women and girls is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Gender equality is the unfinished business of our time.

And so the time is now to change it.

We have seen significant advances since the first International Women’s Day in 1976.

More girls in school.

More women doing paid work.

And harmful practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage in decline.

But, we still need to break the structural barriers that women and girls face – unpaid care work, unequal pay, harmful stereotypes, discrimination and violence.

When we look at the low numbers of women in senior roles in the private sector, academia, politics and in international organizations, including in the United Nations, we all have to say: we can and must do more.

That is why, I am determined to achieve gender parity throughout the United Nations.

For the first time ever, we have now parity in the Organization’s senior management team, the top level of this Organization, and we are very close to reach it in relation to the leaders of UN Country Teams, around the world. I expect to reach this objective at least this April and hopefully still this month.

I am determined to maintain this momentum.

I am also totally committed to zero tolerance of sexual harassment.

I am improving reporting and accountability and trying to establish confidence, empowered people who experience or witness harassment to come forward and seek justice.

These are the kinds of actions we need in every sector.

All around the world we need to listen to the women and girls who are rightly proclaiming their rights.
We must join together as partners – women and girls, men and boys – to make gender equality a reality for all.

Our aspirations for a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all depend on it.

So, on this International Women’s Day, let us demand gender equality and women’s empowerment together.

Let us declare loud and clear “The Time is Now”.

Thank you.

We are at a pivotal moment for women’s rights. The historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish are being exposed like never before. From Latin America to Europe to Asia, on social media, on film sets, on the factory floor and in the streets, women are calling for lasting change and zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination of all kinds.


Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.


The activism and advocacy of generations of women has borne fruit. There are more girls in school than ever before; more women are doing paid work and in senior roles in the private sector, academia, politics and in international organizations, including the United Nations. Gender equality is enshrined in countless laws, and harmful practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage have been outlawed in many countries.


But serious obstacles remain if we are to address the historic power imbalances that underpin discrimination and exploitation.


More than a billion women around the world lack legal protection against domestic sexual violence. The global gender pay gap is 23 per cent, rising to 40 per cent in rural areas, and the unpaid work done by many women goes unrecognized. Women’s representation in national parliaments stands, on average, at less than one quarter, and in boardrooms it is even lower. Without concerted action, millions more girls will be subjected to genital mutilation over the next decade.


Where laws exist, they are often ignored, and women who pursue legal redress are doubted, denigrated and dismissed. We now know that sexual harassment and abuse have been thriving in workplaces, public spaces and private homes, in countries that pride themselves on their record of gender equality.


The United Nations should set an example for the world.


I recognize that this has not always been the case. Since the start of my tenure last year, I have set change in motion at UN headquarters, in our peacekeeping missions and in all our offices worldwide.


We have now reached gender parity for the first time in my senior management team, and I am determined to achieve this throughout the organization. I am totally committed to zero tolerance of sexual harassment and have set out plans to improve reporting and accountability. We are working closely with countries around the world to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse by staff in peacekeeping missions, and to support victims.


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: widows, indigenous women, women with disabilities and women who do not conform to gender norms.


Women’s empowerment is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals means progress for all women, everywhere. The Spotlight initiative launched jointly with the European Union will focus resources on eliminating violence against women and girls, a prerequisite for equality and empowerment.


Let me be clear: this is not a favour to women. Gender equality is a human rights issue, but it is also in all our interests: men and boys, women and girls. Gender inequality and discrimination against women harms us all.


There is ample evidence that investing in women is the most effective way to lift communities, companies, and even countries. Women’s participation makes peace agreements stronger, societies more resilient and economies more vigorous. Where women face discrimination, we often find practices and beliefs that are detrimental to all. Paternity leave, laws against domestic violence and equal pay legislation benefit everyone.


At this crucial moment for women’s rights, it is time for men to stand with women, listen to them and learn from them. Transparency and accountability are essential if women are to reach their full potential and lift all of us, in our communities, societies and economies.


I am proud to be part of this movement, and I hope it continues to resonate within the United Nations and around the world.


Remarks on International Women's Day 2018