UN women’s summit in Chile: equal rights still far off 


March 1, Chile: More than 60 women leaders met in the Chilean capital Santiago recently under the slogan “Women in Power and Decision-making” – and agreed that gender parity was still far off on the horizon.

The two-day gathering was jointly organized by the UN Women and by the government of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who was herself the first head of the United Nations organization for the empowerment of women.

UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said, “We are facing a crisis. According to available data, it will be some 50 years before gender parity is reached in politics – unless political parties take bolder step.”

Mlambo-Ngcuka is certainly familiar with the halls of power, having served as South Africa‘s energy minister and deputy president.

She said that there should be more initiatives from those with power and authority, who are voted and appointed into responsible office at all levels.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former Irish president Mary Robinson were also participated the program.

Before it ends Saturday, the summit was expected to make recommendations to a commission that is to meet March 9-20 at the UN headquarters in New York to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Women in Beijing.

The Oslo Times

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