SANTIAGO, March 1 — Chilean leader Michelle Bachelet led calls to eliminate gender inequality by 2030 yesterday as a two-day meeting of the United Nations Women organisation wrapped up in Santiago.
Bachelet and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon concluded the meeting by signing a “call to action” which declares 2015 as a pivotal year in the fight to achieve global gender equality.
“We need to accelerate the progress. Equality between men and women has not been achieved in any country in the world,” Bachelet said in her closing remarks at the “Women in power and decision-making” conference which brought together some 60 women leaders from different fields.
The signed agreement called on “women of the world to renew efforts and actions to end gender inequality”.
The rallying cry also called for an end to the “funding gap” of gender inequality.
The meeting looked at ways of reaching the goals set out in the 1995 Beijing Declaration, regarded as the key global policy document on gender equality, which sets out an agenda for women’s empowerment. — AFP