UN Secretary General Proposes Women’s Empowerment as Solution
SAN JUAN – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon proposed the “empowerment of women as agents of change” as a solution to the problems affecting women around the world.
“For more than nine years, I have put this philosophy into practice at the United Nations. We have shattered so many glass ceilings we created a carpet of shards. Now we are sweeping away the assumptions and bias of the past so women can advance across new frontiers,” Moon said in a statement on the commemoration of International Women’s Day.
The UN leader has appointed the first-ever female Force Commander of United Nations troops and appointed almost 150 women in positions as assistant secretary general or under secretary general.
“Women are now leaders at the heart of peace and security – a realm that was once the exclusive province of men. When I arrived at the United Nations, there were no women leading our peace missions in the field. Now, nearly a quarter of all UN missions are headed by women…far from enough, but still a vast improvement,” Moon added.