Equality for women means progress for all

Apr 1, 2014

To mark International Women's Day, the United Nations family spotlighted a simple truth: Achieving equality for women and girls is essential not merely because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it.

New Horizons - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in his message for the Day that ‘Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth; peace agreements that include women are more durable; and parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support.’

He noted that a baby girl born today will still face inequality and discrimination, no matter where her mother lives.

As such, the international community has a common obligation to ensure her right to live free from the violence; to earn equal pay for equal work; to be free of the discrimination; to have an equal say in the decisions that affect her life; and to decide if and when she will have children, and how many she will have.

“I have a message for every girl born today, and to every woman and girl on the planet: Realizing human rights and equality is not a dream, it is a duty of Governments, the United Nations and every human being,” said Mr. Ban, similarly adding: “I also have a message for my fellow men and boys: play your part. All of us benefit when women and girls – your mothers, sisters, friends and colleagues –can reach their full potential.”

To mark the International Day, the United Nations agencies in Turkey have launched a social media campaign on 8 March with the hashtag of #sözümsöz, which means promise is promise.

During the day, striking statistics about gender equality has shared and the campaign attracted heavy attention on the social media.