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At CSW Opening Session, U.N. Leaders Call For Greater Efforts To Educate, Empower Women

Associated Press/TIME: Women’s Rights Are Under Attack Worldwide, Warns U.N. Chief
“Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that women are suffering ‘new assaults on their safety and dignity’ around the world, pointing to extremists subjugating women and governments curtailing women’s freedoms and rolling back laws against domestic violence. He told the opening session of the Commission on the Status of Women that educating and empowering women will unleash their potential and prevent ‘challenges that arise from violent extremism, human rights violations, xenophobia, and other threats’…” (Lederer, 3/13).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. Commission on Status of Women opens with calls for more men to stand up for equality
“…In her address, U.N. Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted a slow progress in gender equality. ‘The much-needed positive developments are not happening fast enough, nor are they reaching tipping point in numbers of lives changed,’ she said. ‘Let us agree to constructive impatience’…” (3/13).