New York, 24 September 2022 (TDI): Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous attended the Generation Equality and Accountability Moment. It took place on the 23rd of September on the sidelines of the 77th UNGA Session in New York.
This event was organized to reflect on one year of accountability on the Generation Equality journey and to announce key developments. The members attending 77th UNGA joined this event. They reiterated the agenda of transforming lives for future generations.
Strong action and accountability are needed to implement the 2,500+ #GenerationEquality commitments.
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Generation Equality is a collective promise to provide a just and fair world to women around the globe. Creating a gender-inclusive environment at every stage of life ends the fight for survival and starts a life of equality.
Remarks by UN Women Executive Director
UN Women Executive Director said, “UN Women data shows that it may take close to 300 years to achieve full gender equality at the current rate of progress. And I don’t think that any one of us, would want to wait another 300 years.”
She added, “Our ambitions are urgent. Women and girls continue to face the aftershocks of the pandemic, and all over the world, we see rising threats to women’s rights. Generation Equality will accelerate the world’s progress on Sustainable Development Goals to transform the future.”
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At the event, new partners were also announced as members of an advisory Multi-stakeholder Leadership Group. Tanzania, the United States, South Africa, Sweden, Georgia, France, and Mexico have committed to the agenda of Generation Equality.
The Gates Foundation, and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation joined for philanthropy. UN and International Organizations like UNFPA, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and the International Telecommunications Union also joined the group.
The YP Foundation and Fridays for Future joined as youth organizations. The ASODI-Women’s Association for Rural Development and Peace, and Amplify Girls joined to represent adolescent girls’ organizations.
While addressing the Generation Equality Moment, the UN Women Director said, “ This will be a critical moment to bring together these three imperatives: to ensure accountability, mobilize resources and energize new commitments in the urgent context of SDG acceleration.”
She further added, “Now is the time to keep pushing to sustain and increase our momentum. Generation Equality was not, and is not a one-off event. It is a sustained journey. A journey that must be underpinned by accountability, delivery, and results.”
This moment at the 77th UNGA marks another step towards an equal society. Sima Bahous concluded, “Together, we have created an unprecedented opportunity. Let us reach forward together to realize that promise.”