Digital technology new source of discrimination against women: Guterres

Globally, around 63 per cent of women have access to the internet today, compared to 69 per cent of men. (Photo via UN News)

Mr. Guterres said the situation must change, and in the face of the “patriarchal pushback”, the international community must push forward for women, girls and the world.   “Policymakers must create – and in some circumstances must reinforce to create – transformative change by promoting women and girls’ equal rights and opportunities to learn; by dismantling barriers and smashing glass ceilings,” he said. 

(United Nations News) During a dialogue with women civil society leaders in the UN General Assembly Hall on Monday, Secretary-General António Guterres heard about the critical need to make the internet safer for women and girls – and to ensure that they are equal participants in global conservations, both online and in-person. 

The town hall with representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) was held as part of the annual session of the UN Committee on the Status of Women (CSW), which meets in New York every March.  

Its latest two-week session – known as CSW67, which runs through Friday – is focused on the theme of innovation, technological change, and education in the digital age. 

Civil society also used the town to appeal for more action on other issues critical to women and girls, such as greater representation at the UN, ending the war in Ukraine, and eliminating all forms of gender-based violence. 

In remarks prior to the dialogue, the Secretary-General spoke of the backslide in women’s and girls’ rights globally after years of incremental progress.  

“Many of the challenges we face today – from conflicts to climate chaos and the cost-of-living crisis – are the result of what is a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture, taking the key decisions that guide our world,” he said

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