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On Women’s Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched the UN System-Wide Gender Equality Acceleration Plan to place women and girls at the center of global initiatives. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY
TRT: 3:45
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 8 MARCH 2024, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

8 MARCH 2024, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, ECOSOC Chamber
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“A global backlash against women’s rights is threatening, and in some cases reversing, progress in developing and developed countries alike.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“At our current rate of change, full legal equality for women is some 300 years away. So is the end of child marriage. And by 2030, over 340 million women and girls will still be living in extreme poverty – some eighteen million more than men and boys. That is an insult to women and girls. And a brake on all our efforts to build a better world.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I am pleased today to launch the United Nations System-Wide Gender Equality Acceleration Plan, which commits to placing women and girls at the centre of our work across the board. We will support governments around the world to design and implement policies, budgets and investments that respond to the needs of women and girls. Targeted programmes and quotas may be required to tackle baked-in bias and dismantle the obstacles to equality.”
8. Wide shot, delegates clapping
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Manuel Revilla Lagdameo, Chair, 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, (CSW) / Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the Philippines:
“Let us remember that investing in women is not a cost, but an investment in our future.”
10. Wide shot, delegates clapping
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“The pushback against gender equality is well resourced and powerful, fueled by anti-gender movements, de-democratization, restricted civic space, a breakdown of trust between people and state, and regressive policies and legislation. We all feel this pushback acutely. Our values and principles have never been as challenged as they are today.”
12. Wide shot, delegates clapping
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“It is only by investing in women and girls that we will meet the challenges we face, be they economic, conflict or climate related.”
14. Med shot, speakers, delegates
15. UPSOUND (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“We need a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza now.”
16. Wide shot, delegates clapping, UN Women Executive Director
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“More than 9,000 women have been killed in Gaza and this must stop. We cannot return to a path to peace without justice for all survivors of this conflict - and I say, all survivors of this conflict – and without an end to the indiscriminate violence in Gaza.”
17. Wide shot, delegates clapping
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The atrocities, the tragedies, the burdens of pain and sacrifice are every day, but we need to remind ourselves and to speak out of it and to really say when enough is enough. It’s enough in Gaza, it’s enough in Sudan, it’s enough in Myanmar, it’s enough for women.”
19. Wide shot, delegates clapping

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On Women’s Day (8 Mar), UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched the UN System-Wide Gender Equality Acceleration Plan to place women and girls at the center of global initiatives.

During the official UN International Women’s Day commemoration in New York, Guterres said, “I am pleased today to launch the United Nations System-Wide Gender Equality Acceleration Plan, which commits to placing women and girls at the centre of our work across the board. We will support governments around the world to design and implement policies, budgets and investments that respond to the needs of women and girls. Targeted programmes and quotas may be required to tackle baked-in bias and dismantle the obstacles to equality.”

He acknowledged the progress made by women's rights activists, and highlighted the persistent challenges, including discrimination, gender-based violence, and the gender pay gap.

Guterres also addressed the slow progress in political representation, the impact of technology on perpetuating inequalities, and the global backlash against women's rights.

He said, “A global backlash against women’s rights is threatening, and in some cases reversing, progress in developing and developed countries alike.”

He also noted that politically, women remain under-represented and under-served.

The Secretary-General warned that at the current rate of change, achieving full legal equality for women may take 300 years.

“So is the end of child marriage” he added, “and by 2030, over 340 million women and girls will still be living in extreme poverty – some eighteen million more than men and boys. That is an insult to women and girls. And a brake on all our efforts to build a better world.”

He concluded stressing the urgent need for investments in ending violence against women, improving education and skills access, and increasing women's leadership roles.

Sima Sami Bahous, UN Women Executive Director, said, “The pushback against gender equality is well resourced and powerful, fueled by anti-gender movements, de-democratization, restricted civic space, a breakdown of trust between people and state, and regressive policies and legislation. We all feel this pushback acutely. Our values and principles have never been as challenged as they are today.”

She stressed, “It is only by investing in women and girls that we will meet the challenges we face, be they economic, conflict or climate related.”

After calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, UN Women Executive Director said, “More than 9,000 women have been killed in Gaza and this must stop. We cannot return to a path to peace without justice for all survivors of this conflict - and I say, all survivors of this conflict – and without an end to the indiscriminate violence in Gaza.”

Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, said, “The atrocities, the tragedies, the burdens of pain and sacrifice are every day, but we need to remind ourselves and to speak out of it and to really say when enough is enough. It’s enough in Gaza, it’s enough in Sudan, it’s enough in Myanmar, it’s enough for women.”

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