Women must have the same opportunities to sit at the decision-making table as men says UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a video message for the Interparliamentary Union’s 145th Assembly, in Kigali, Rwanda.
“We know that when women take leadership roles in public life, Governments and legislatures are more responsive and more accountable for all. We look to you to advance gender equality — including through special temporary measures — to help drive change and results,” he said while speaking to delegates from several countries.
“I count on you to take action to better protect women in politics against the growing threat of violence,” he added.
Calling parliamentarians the crucial bridge between the local and the global he said,” You bring people’s concerns into the international arena — and translate international agreements into national action.”
Praising the host country Rwanda, for being the world’s first country with a female majority in Parliament he said,” I commend your focus on gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments as drivers of change.”
He emphasized the delegates to advance gender equality — including through special temporary measures — to help drive change and results.
He noted that our world needs- to advance climate action at a scale that matches the scope of the challenge. To defend human rights and the rule of law. To mobilize resources to confront the hunger crisis and escalating humanitarian emergencies. And to promote sustainable development and deliver the 2030 Agenda.