UN Women 100th Anniversary

UN Women 100th Anniversary

Date: March 3, 2011
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Honouring the Past – Envisioning the Future for Women and Girls

Hundreds of women and men were gathered in the United Nations General Assembly Hall for the launch of UN Women.

Academy-Award Winner and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Nicole Kidman who could not be physically present talked to the audience by satellite while Multi-Award Winning Entertainer Shakira sent a special video message to congratulate women of the world.

At this 100 anniversary of Women’s Day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon can be proud of being at the helm of this historic moment of women of the world. The hundreds of women and men in the assembly hall could not contain their joy and excitement and were standing up and applauding after each phrase of the man behind the UN Women, Ban Ki Moon.

Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly reiterated UN commitments on numerous resolutions and conventions but “now is the time to talk about the rights of women for the future of humanity. World’s problems cannot be addressed without the integration of women. We need global partnership and both women and men must have voices. UN has a leading role in the advancement of the status of women and UN women will provide the highest level of expertise to UN.”

Ban Ki Moon got a standing ovation when he said: “With the birth of UN Women, we welcome a powerful new agent for progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment.” UN Secretary-General went on to say” the challenges are great, but I believe that with the new energy, the new momentum and the new authority that UN Women brings, these challenges will be met. True gender equality should be our shared legacy in the 21st Century.” He went on to say Women deserve to be sitting as equals to men on Boards and in Parliaments.

Secretary General, Michelle Bachelet started her address by saying that the slow pace of change has been a global concern. “Girls are forced to marry, gender based violence is a daily reality; the rights of women have been neglected. Doors must be opened for women as Heads of Corporate. This is not only a moral right but it makes economic and political sense. There is no limit to what women can do; their multiple talents and their roles in political stability and economic growth. We must look back and see 2011 as a turning point. Think of how much more we can do once women are fully empowered as active agents of change and progress within their societies. Historically, we are at a point of great potential and change for women. Now we must seize that opportunity.”She added, “My own experience has taught me that there is no limit to what women can do.”


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