UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, yesterday, identified the economic empowerment of women as the most potent strategy for the attainment of gender equality.

Stressing that the pursuit of gender equality by world leaders would not only benefit women but also greatly impact their families, comunities and countries, as well as the world’s economies, the UN boss who spoke at a high-level panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, in New York, assured that a 50-50 planet by 2030 was possible if collectively worked at.

He said: “Gender equality remains the greatest human rights challenge of our time. I established UN-Women to be our global champion for women’s empowerment, helping to bring the Beijing Platform for Action to life.

“I launched the UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women. And I was the first person to sign up to the #HeForShe campaign to engage men and boys in the fight for gender equality.I firmly believe that, by 2030, this planet will be a 50-50 planet.

“One way of achieving this goal is through women’s economic empowerment. This is a uniquely potent way for women to have greater choice and exert control over their own lives,” adding that he was proud to call himself a feminist.

He urged the panel to continue its work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by sustaining tempo on progress being made on curating a portfolio of activities that can overcome barriers and promote fruitful investment, so as to transform opportunities for women.

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