"This is not only the greatest human rights challenge of our time. It is also in everyone's interests. Discrimination against women damages communities, organisations, companies, economies and societies," he noted.
"That is why all men should support women's rights and gender equality," said Guterres.
Noting that "we live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture," the UN chief noted that is "why the empowerment of women and girls is our common central objective."
"It is only when we have changed statistics like these that we can truly say: we are in a new era for women and girls," he said.
He urged action "to give women a chance to fulfil their potential."
"Women's participation in decision-making makes peace agreements stronger, societies more resilient and economies more vigorous," the Secretary General noted.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)