UN chief says gender equality is ‘growing more distant’

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Monday, calling it “one of the most important annual events at the United Nations.”

He said the CSW “takes on even greater significance at a time when women’s rights are being abused, threatened and violated around the world.”

The Secretary-General also emphasized that gender equality is “growing more distant.”

“On the current track, UN Women puts it 300 years away,” he said.

Guterres said that “international frameworks are not working for the world’s women and girls,” stressing the need for change.

“I have instructed the UN system that all our support to member states in preparing for the Summit of the Future must reflect our commitment to gender equality and women’s rights,” he said.

According to Reuters report, members of the CSW are elected by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which promotes international cooperation on economic, social, cultural, educational, health and related issues.

The sixty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 6 to 17 March 2023.