U.N. Marks 25th Anniversary Of Beijing Conference On Women, Urges Fight For Gender Equality, Women’s Rights

Reuters: U.N. chief urges equality fight, U.S. slams China for ‘murder’ of baby girls
“U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday of a recent pushback against gender equality and women’s rights and urged people to fight back as the United States slammed China and the world body for ‘the murder of millions of baby girls.’ World leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, took part in a virtual U.N. General Assembly meeting on Thursday on a landmark 1995 women’s conference in Beijing, where then-U.S. first lady Hillary Clinton declared that ‘women’s rights are human rights’…” (Nichols, 10/1).

U.N. News: COVID-19 underscores need to deliver on promise of landmark women’s rights conference
“António Guterres issued the charge in a speech to a U.N. General Assembly high-level meeting to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China. The Beijing Conference, as it is known, marked a significant turning point on the global agenda, making it clear that women’s rights are at the heart of equality and justice around the world. But as the U.N. chief told the gathering, the Conference was also a ‘wake-up call’ as these rights are still being denied, hindered, and ignored everywhere. ‘COVID-19 has emphasized and exploited the continued denial of women’s rights. Women and girls are bearing the brunt of the massive social and economic impact of the pandemic,’ he said, speaking from the rostrum in the General Assembly Hall…” (10/1).

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