The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, said Thursday that the Corona virus epidemic confirmed “the continued denial of women’s rights.”
In a speech on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women, which set an agenda for women’s rights, Guterres said that the world had not achieved its “ambitious vision.”
Guterres added that one out of every 3 women experiences violence in her lifetime, 12 million girls under the age of 18 get married every year, and women only enjoy 75% of the legal rights of men around the world.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations noted that “in some parts of the world levels of femicide can be likened to a war zone.”
Guterres said that women are bearing the brunt of the social and economic impact of the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as women working in informal businesses are the first to lose their jobs and “suffer from a hidden pandemic of gender-based violence.”
“Unless we act now, Covid-19 can destroy a generation of fragile progress towards gender equality,” he said. “It starts with equal representation of women in leadership positions, in governments, boards of directors, in climate negotiations, and at the peace table.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also commemorated the 1995 conference held in Beijing, said; Countries must “make gender equality a social norm and moral imperative to which all adhere”.