United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday of a recent backlash against gender equality and women’s rights, calling on people to stand up as the United States called China and the world organization over for “murder.” beat up on millions of girls.
The heads of state and government of the world, including the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, took part in a virtual UN General Assembly on Thursday at a landmark women’s conference in Beijing in 1995, at which the then US First Lady Hillary Clinton declared that “women’s rights are human rights.” . “
While failing to specify who feared women’s rights, Guterres said, “Now is the time to fight back against the backlash … The full human rights and freedoms of women are fundamental to peace and prosperity a healthy planet. “
At the Beijing conference in 1995, 189 countries agreed to give priority to the “full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life at national, regional and international levels and the elimination of all forms of discrimination.” the reasons of sex. “
“25 years after the Beijing Declaration, equality should be a matter of course. But we still have a long way to go,” said Merkel. “Get in. Let’s work together to truly achieve the Beijing goals. The faster the better.”
In a video statement slated to air on Thursday, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos called on Venezuela, Cuba, Iran and China to treat women.
“Since 1995, the Chinese Communist Party has been responsible for the murder of millions of girls through brutal population controls on an industrial scale. Unfortunately with the support of the US authorities,” said DeVos. “We call on the UN to stop ignoring these atrocities and make them possible.”
The UN mission to the United Nations and China did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the US statement.
Many diplomats have complained that the world is now struggling to come up with a strong statement for women. A major issue in recent years has been the long-agreed international language on sexual and reproductive health and women’s rights.
“In 2020 the Beijing Declaration would have no chance of being adopted,” said French President Emmanuel Macron. “Advances made by great efforts are being undermined in our democracies too, starting with women’s freedom to control their own bodies, and especially the right to abortion.”
The administration of US President Donald Trump has made a push at the United Nations against the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and women’s rights because it sees this as a code of abortion. She has spoken out against such a language in UN resolutions.
Trump told world leaders at the United Nations last week that his administration was promoting “opportunities for women” and “protecting unborn children.”
Thursday’s meeting followed the weeklong annual meeting of the world‘s UN leaders, which ended on Tuesday and was virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Around 190 countries spoke – only nine were represented by women.
Guterres said that while progress has been made on women’s rights in the past 25 years – maternal mortality has almost halved and more girls are attending school – the ambitious vision of the Beijing Declaration has not been fulfilled.
“One in three women still experiences some form of violence in their lifetime. Every year 12 million girls marry before the age of 18. In some parts of the world the extent of femicide – the killing of women – could be compared to a war zone” , he said.
“Globally, women have on average only 75 percent of the legal rights of men,” said Guterres.
China’s Xi has pledged $ 10 million to UN Women, a body dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
He said as the world tries to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, “We must eliminate prejudice, discrimination and violence against women and make gender equality a social norm and moral imperative to be followed by all.”
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