We too: At gathering of nations, women’s voices ring loud

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October 2, 2018

We too: At gathering of nations, women’s voices ring loud

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By Angela Charlton,

In a pivotal week for women in the United States, the U.N. put forth its own clarion set of female voices at its annual meeting of nations. And women’s empowerment was only one of their rallying cries.

At the U.N. General Assembly, the first since the #metoo movement took root in Fall 2017 and began to amplify women’s voices in a new way, some of the most powerful words have come from the mouths of female leaders, a group whose numbers, influence and ambitions for the planet are on the rise.

Female leaders presented roadmaps for peace in central Africa and the Balkans, challenged governments to fight anti-Semitism, exposed the dangers of trade barriers and resisted — or espoused — nationalist rhetoric.

One, Serbia’s prime minister, called for a “world which is freer, fairer, and which is also, if I am to be honest, more fun.”

The number of women presidents and prime ministers among the U.N.‘s 193 member states doubled — to 19 — from 2005 to 2016, according to a report released last year by the U.N and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, an independent group. Women held about 18 percent of the government ministers’ posts and 23 percent of parliamentary seats worldwide, the report found.

Click here to read the full article published by AP News on 28 September 2018.

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