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Gender inequality and discrimination against women harm everyone: UN Chief Guterres
In his message for the international Women's Day to be observed on March 8, UN chief Antonio Guterres stated, "We are at a pivotal moment for women's rights. The historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish are being exposed like never before. From Latin America to Europe to Asia, on social media, on film sets, on the factory floor and in the streets, women are calling for lasting change and zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination of all kinds."

He added that achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls was the unfinished task and the greatest human rights challenge in our world which required addressing the historic power imbalances that underpin discrimination and exploitation.

"We at the United Nations stand with women around the world as they fight to overcome the injustices they face – whether they are rural women dealing with wage discrimination, urban women organizing for change, women refugees at risk of exploitation and abuse, or women who experience intersecting forms of discrimination: widows, indigenous women, women with disabilities and women who do not conform to gender norms," he said.

Emphasizing that women's empowerment was at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he viewed gender equality as a human rights issue since inequality and discrimination against women harm everyone.

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