A Message from the former UN Secretary General
“I am a firm ally in the cause of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Unfortunately, we are still so very far from turning this understanding into universal practice.
In almost all countries, women continue to be under-represented in decision-making positions. Their work continues to be undervalued, underpaid, or not paid at all. Out of more than 100 million children who are not in school, the majority are girls. Out of more than 800 million adults who cannot read, the majority are women.
In 1977, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution inviting member states to proclaim a united nations day for women’s rights and international peace—international women’s day—in recognition of the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.
It calls on us to work in partnership — governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector. It urges us to work for a transformation in relations between women and men, at all levels of society. It compels us to strengthen every means of empowering women and girls — from education to microcredit.
I commend the mission of the UN Women for Peace Association, Inc. for taking the steps to making a difference in women’s lives around the world.
Empowering women is not only a goal in itself. It is a condition for building better lives for everyone on the planet."