Solving World’s Problems Requires Women’s Rights, Gender Equality

Devex: The SHE imperative
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, U.N. under-secretary-general and executive director of U.N. Women

“…It is now widely recognized that women and girls are disproportionately affected by conflict and that peace agreements and national institutions that include women are more durable and democratic. … As the head of U.N. Women, I am working to make sure that women’s rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are at the heart of all development, humanitarian and peace and security efforts. In this effort, I am promoting the SHE imperative. S stands for safety and security from violence; H stands for human rights; [and] E stands for empowerment and equality. We cannot solve the major problems facing our world today — poverty, inequality, conflict, or climate change — without the full and equal participation of women. We also need men and boys, and this is why U.N. Women launched the He for She campaign so men and boys can stand up for women’s rights and equality….” (4/2).