8 March 2017 – In his message on International Women’s Day, Secretary-General António Guterres stressed that while women’s rights are human rights, in these troubled times, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.
He asserted that women’s legal rights, which have never been equal to that of men’s on any continent, are being eroded further. Women’s rights over their own bodies are questioned and undermined and they are routinely targeted for intimidation and harassment, including in cyberspace. Mr. Guterres underscored that in the worst cases, extremists and terrorists build their ideologies around the subjugation of women and girls and single them out for sexual and gender-based violence, forced marriage and virtual enslavement.
He emphasized that only by empowering women and girls can their rights be protected and their full potential be ensured.
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Source: United Nations – Top News