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BAN KI-MOON SAYS GENDER EQUALITY TALK MUST BE PUT INTO ACTION
UNITED NATIONS, March 2 (NNN-SABC) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world governments to stop speaking about gender equality and to start taking action.

Speaking at a high-level conference on “Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world” held in Santiago, Chile, on Saturday, he called for the immediate empowerment of women. 

“This call to action is loud and clear. Today we say to the world: 'You cannot ignore this call, you must answer". We have waited long enough. Now is the time to take a stand to close gaps, to remove obstacles, to invest in women and girls, to move from words to action. Not next year, not tomorrow, right now.” 

Leaders at the event urged governments and the private sector to take stronger measures to close the gap of inequalities in order to achieve the goals established 20 years ago during the Fourth World Conference on Women which resulted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Leaders said progress on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action had been slow and uneven. “At the current pace of change, it will take 81 years to achieve gender parity in the workplace, more than 75 years to reach equal remuneration between men and women for work of equal value, and more than 30 years to reach gender balance in decision-making,” read the introduction of the "Call to Action" document generated from conference.

The "Call to Action" declared 2015 a momentous year for gender equality and women’s empowerment, although commitments to achieve gender balance in leadership positions have not been met. 

The call focuses on actions such as renewed political commitment to close remaining gaps and fully implement the 12 critical areas of the Beijing Platform for Action by 2020; the empowerment of women, the realisation of human rights of women and girls, and the expiry of gender inequality by 2030; and an end to the funding gap on gender equality, and the matching of commitments with the means of implementation.
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