Pakistan made a mark at the United Nations on Monday, the first day of a two-week session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), by organising an impressive photo exhibition and co-sponsoring an event on the Culture of Gender Justice with Qatar and other countries.
He said "progress for women and girls would mean changing the unequal power dynamics that underpin discrimination and violence." and encouraged all men to support women's rights and gender equality.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday that it is important to change the unequal power dynamics that underpin discrimination and violence against women. At the U.N. General Assembly in London that same year, Eleanor Roosevelt, as USA delegate, read a letter to the women of the world (video below) that said: "We call on the Governments of the world to encourage women everywhere to take a more active part in national and worldwide affairs, and on women who are conscious of their opportunities to come forward and share in the work of peace and reconstruction as they did in war and resistance".
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In Guterres' word: "Discrimination against women damages communities, organizations, companies, economies and societies".
Lamenting the discrimination against women, Mr. Guterres said centuries of patriarchy and discrimination have left a damaging legacy and called it the "the greatest human rights challenge of our time".
Noting that "we live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture", the United Nations chief noted that is "why the empowerment of women and girls is our common central objective". One of the single most impactful contributions to achieving the 2030 Agenda would be to level inequalities for women and girls in rural areas.
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"We should listen to those women and girls who have marched us to a tipping point", Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of U.N. Women, told CBS News.
The U.S. delegation will include U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, her Deputy Ambassador Kelly Currie and Michelle Bekkering of USAID, who tweeted that "women's empowerment is the core of our development".
He told the large audience that the United Nations has already reached gender parity in the senior management group for the first time.
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According to a Gibraltar Government statement the CSW is the most prominent entity on women's issues and takes the lead in coordinating and promoting the UN's work on economic and social issues for women's empowerment and is instrumental in promoting gender equality.