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Change unequal power dynamics against women: UN chief

IANS  |  United Nations 

Antonio said on Monday that it is important to change the unequal power dynamics that underpin and

"Progress for women and girls means changing the unequal power dynamics that underpin and violence," quoted the UN as saying.

"This is not only the greatest human rights challenge of our time. It is also in everyone's interests. 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

Noting that "we live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture," the UN noted that is "why the empowerment of women and girls is our common central objective."

said gender inequality are still a common scene, citing a number of statistics including the proportion of hovering around 20 per cent at the UN.

"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 noted.



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 05:40 IST