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Movement of women for gender equality is critical, but we also need a movement of male feminists: Mlambo-Ngcuka of UN Women
As the world celebrates the International Women's Day, while appreciating women activists' passion and commitment for women's rights, equality, safety and justice over the generations, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, stated, "Today's activism needs to alter the way we listen to women and the way we look at them, recognizing the power of stereotypes to influence how we value people. A movement of women that can address these issues is critical, but we also need a movement of male feminists."

Lauding the contributions of late feminist human rights leader Asma Jahangir of Pakistan and young leader Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia for their struggle against FGM and child marriage, she added, "We salute those who have bravely spoken out to gain access to justice, such as those from the #MeToo movement, who in recent months have found their voice in social media in more than 85 countries to expose those who have preyed on the less powerful and shown how when women support one another, they help to overcome stigma and ensure that their stories are believed."

In her message she acknowledged those who has taken to the streets in India to decry the murder and rape of young children, turning protests into broader-based movements that engaged entire communities.

"The feminist movement must continue to increase the diversity and the number of people working on gender equality, bringing in individuals and groups—such as men and boys, young people and faith-based organizations—to support and shape the agenda, so young men and boys learn to value and respect women and girls and so men can change the way they behave," she urged.

She urged, "Civil society has had a historically crucial role in leading global action on gender equality by promoting reform, highlighting the complexities of the challenges facing women, influencing policies, participating in monitoring, and upholding accountability. We must deliberately create stronger support for women's political activism and a broader space for women's civil society voices so that our efforts combine to target those who truly need change most. The culture of gender-based poverty, abuse and exploitation has to end with a new generation of equality that lasts."

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