UN / CSW OPENING

11-Mar-2019 00:03:03
Marking the opening of the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN chief António Guterres said “when we exclude women, everyone pays the price. When we include women, the whole world wins.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / CSW OPENING
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DATELINE: 11 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters
2. Various shots, General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“When we exclude women, everyone pays the price. When we include women, the whole world wins.”
4.Wide shot, audience
5. Med shot, Guterres speaking at the podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We know women must be engaged as equal participants in all aspects of society. That is how we build a better world. This means changing power relations, closing gaps, tackling biases, fighting to preserve hard-won gains and winning ever-greater ground. Above all it means believing – never, ever giving up.”
7.Wide shot, Nason walking to the podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Geraldine Byrne Nason, Chair of Commission on the Status of Women:
“Achieving gender balance empowering women and girls takes time – yes – but above all, it takes conviction and political courage. Why? Because gender empowerment is about one group of people handing over power or at least agreeing to share power with another group, and we all know how hard that is. The job of empower women and girls is not for wimps. What we are trying to achieve is that men have their rights, and nothing more, and women have their rights, and nothing less.”
9. Wide shot, General Assembly
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Geraldine Byrne Nason, Chair of Commission on the Status of Women:
"Resilience is in the woman’s DNA and the world needs female resilience more than ever. Women across the world are leading the way and efforts to build resilience and adapt the impacts of climate change. Women pick up the pieces when family are forcedly displaced or struggle to recover from conflicts.”
11. Various shot, General Assembly
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women:
“Innovation is all its form is a key component of development. It can have far reaching impacts if it is intended to address the needs of poor community. It can be a live saving intervention and it is not a luxury when it addresses the need of poor communities.”
13. Med shot, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaking at the podium
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women:
“Today, algorithms increasingly determine selection, response and decision-making. We need to act on the growing evidence that women have been routinely left out on the data on which decision are made. Artificial intelligence’s logic and big data will fail women if their conclusions are reached on the basics of gender-blind information. Policies made on gender-blind biased data will recycle gender inequality.”
15. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
STORYLINE
Marking the opening of the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN chief António Guterres said “when we exclude women, everyone pays the price. When we include women, the whole world wins.”

Speaking to delegates in New York today (11 Mar), the UN Secretary-General stressed that gender equality is fundamentally a question of power and emphasized that the world today cannot make progress without women’s voices, ideas and participation in all areas of society.

The Secretary-General noted that advocates for gender equality are mobilizing like never before but warned that there is a pushback on women’s rights around the world that is deep, pervasive and relentless.

He said, “We know women must be engaged as equal participants in all aspects of society. That is how we build a better world. This means changing power relations, closing gaps, tackling biases, fighting to preserve hard-won gains and winning ever-greater ground. Above all it means believing – never, ever giving up.”

The Secretary-General highlighted the progress made within the Organization where for the first time in history: there are more women than men in the Senior Management Group; there is gender parity among Resident Coordinators and there are more women heading peace operations than ever before.

Echoing the UN chief, Chair of Commission on the Status of Women Geraldine Byrne Nason said that achieving gender balance empowering women and girls takes time, but above all, “it takes conviction and political courage.”

She added “the job of empower women and girls is not for wimps. What we are trying to achieve is that men have their rights, and nothing more, and women have their rights, and nothing less.”

Nason also reiterated that "resilience is in the woman’s DNA and the world needs female resilience more than ever. Women across the world are leading the way and efforts to build resilience and adapt the impacts of climate change. Women pick up the pieces when family are forcedly displaced or struggle to recover from conflicts.”

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted that innovation is all its form is “a key component of development.”

She said “it can have far reaching impacts if it is intended to address the needs of poor community. It can be a live saving intervention and it is not a luxury when it addresses the need of poor communities.”

She continued, “today, algorithms increasingly determine selection, response and decision-making. We need to act on the growing evidence that women have been routinely left out on the data on which decision are made.”

On artificial intelligence, Mlambo-Ngcuka said “the artificial intelligence’s logic and big data will fail women if their conclusions are reached on the basics of gender-blind information. Policies made on gender-blind biased data will recycle gender inequality.”

This year’s priority theme for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women is: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
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