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#CSW61: Men Should be Prepared to Lose their Positions to Women – UN Sec-Gen. António Guterres

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António Guterres

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has asked men to be prepared to lose more positions to women so as to ensure gender parity.

Guterres told women’s rights activists and civil society representatives at a town hall discussion at UN headquarters in New York that “the clear objective of our time is parity rooted in women’s empowerment”.

“Gender parity at all levels – political, cultural, economic and social – is a ‘central objective’ and must be based on women’s empowerment.

Parity is important in all areas of political and social life. This is a battle, a struggle.

Generally no one likes to lose positions they have long held, but the reality of gender parity is that many more women will be in positions that today are occupied by men. But that’s a good thing,” he said, noting that in his experience, gender parity means better decision-making and better management,” Guterres said.

The Secretary-General sought suggestions and opinions of the civil society representatives on how the UN could move forward on its commitments on gender equality.

He opened the discussion by sharing life lessons on the issue, telling the gathering that during his time as Prime Minister of Portugal, one of his most difficult battles was putting family values on the national agenda.

“There was kind of a national conspiracy to make sure that no one talked about it – from the police to the judiciary and public in general, it was as if the problem did not exist. But it was a very serious problem,” he said, noting that much had to be done in those areas, including through legislation and broad based campaigns to put it on the agenda.

According to him, the central question is empowerment at all levels.

Later, as UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Guterres said he saw that women and children were the most vulnerable among those that fell under his agency’s mandate.

“Indeed, women were ‘doubly vulnerable”, he said, adding over his tenure, he learned while international legal protections are important.

“We live in a male-dominated world and a male-dominated culture, so the issue goes beyond protection: the central question is empowerment.

The question of empowerment has many dimensions, one being to ensure that men and women are able, in parity, to assume their responsibilities at all levels; political, economic, social and cultural.

And so, parity for us in the UN is a central objective, at the level of senior management, as well as the entire staff,” the UN scribe said.

“So this is a very central question,” Guterres said, inviting the enthusiastic audience to share their perspectives on ways to push the issue forward, in cooperation, not only as an objective regarding the rights of women but “an objective in relation to the quality of our societies and the international community as a whole”.

The meeting, attended by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and other senior UN staff, ended the first week of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women.

Known as the largest inter-governmental forum on women’s rights and gender equality, the theme this year is ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work’.

Photo Credit: Mohammed Elsham/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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18 Comments

  1. Darius

    March 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I’m all for gender parity but I’m not prepared to lose my position to a woman. Affirmative action, in my opinion, is not is not the best way to promote gender equality. Everything in life should be based on merit. Women are not ready to assume postions of authority. In my place of work, men and women are assigned the same tasks, but while the men work, the women apply makeup and gossip. They let us do the bulk of the work, but funny enough, they also like to share in the credit. Some women should learn to be leaders first. We can’t thrust them into such positions if they are not ready to leader. Sarah Jubril who has been trying to run for president under the platform of different political parties has not been able to garner the support of women. Women make the mistake of thinking that men are born to lead. That’s why they take the backseat in some places of work and let the men do all the work.

    • Nahum

      March 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      @Darius, who the hell gave you the power to decide what women are or are not ready for.? How you finished deciding what you will eat for dinner that you would dare sit down and decide on the destiny of women. Be there telling yourself that women are not ready while we work hard and take positions of power. Be there believing that we are not ready while we make strides and break barriers. The way the caption was framed was very wrong and BN needs to do better. But there will be gender parity whether you like it or not.

    • john

      March 19, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      lol..while women wotk hard and take over power ….and what do u think Men are doing and still doing “Sleeping”..it is like the african american people telling white people in USA, they are working hard to take their positions of power. .the thing about feminists is that they truly think they are intelligent and sophisticated not knowing they as dumb as a rock ..every illusion of power you feminist think you have was given and allowed by men for political correctness sake and that novelty is starting to wear off ,if u haven’t noticed

    • Fleur

      March 19, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Vote Guteres President of the world. We coming all you failed men. We coming.

  2. AceOfSpades

    March 19, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    The caption is all shades of wrong. It is not right at all. Imagine is such is said to women, just imagine the outrage. You can say more women will get employed and take leadership positions but that men will lose job to women? I want to see women that will support this.

    I think he is just trying to be politically correct anyway. With the noise women are making this days (which isn’t a bad thing), he wants to tag along so he doesn’t get on the bad side. He isn’t really sincere about this in the deep of the depth of his heart.

    • honestina

      March 19, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      I agree.

  3. john

    March 19, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Another liberal fool, no wonder a lot of people are getting tired of them all over the world ..why dont he resign and give his position to a woman if he loves and pities them so much

    • Sanjay Gopal

      March 20, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Let him give away his post first then the orhers will follow suit. He actually outsmarted women candidates for his post. This time around it was clearly decided that a woman should take over the SG post,. He does not have the moral.authority to support women for senior positions.

  4. OY

    March 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    This course will move further along a lot faster if it isn’t framed as an attack on men. Even as a woman what will your response be if someone tells you, you will lose your position? Would u smile and embrace em?

  5. Chief

    March 19, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    You see this mangina!!They are tools of feminists.Manginas see women as an ultimate being to be placed on a pedestal,these strange creatures called manginas are willing to sell out other men and place their own self respect on hold or even throw it in bin just to please feminists.The invasion of feminist psychological programme operation on men.Sad!These feminists only care on how to make men wimps for the betterment of women.I have been saying this that these feminists are out to take over power from men.They are out to destroy patriarchy.First off let me just say,if i may that feminism is not about protecting and providing for women.,it’s actually about gaining power for gaining power for women.It’s about giving everything to women.We have seen women who are demanding power at home and in the work force.

    I believe that this gender equality is hurting this world more than helping it.If you questioned feminism you are branded as a heretic,a misogynist and a pathetic excuse for human being.Why don’t we all say no to this movement of hatred and more power to women.Don’t get me wrong if a woman is good at her job,there’s nothing stopping her from from getting that job or reaching the CEO position.

    Remember hillary clinton’s famous line? She said that Women have always been the primary victims of war.,She also said that Women lose their husbands,their fathers,their sons in combat.Notice in her quote how men losing their lives is just an aside to the real issue.Men’s need to wake up and be men.Women are out to take over.Men are now turning into simps,manginas,wimps,white knights in order to please these feminists.Why would a real man support an ideology that will put him at the back o the line.

    • uso

      March 27, 2017 at 12:12 am

      I love you for this. You are speaking the truth. Don’t mind these pussies…and manginas.

  6. Chief

    March 19, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    BN,Where is my comment? Stop this nonsense of censoring comments

  7. Chief

    March 19, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    You see this mangina!!They are tools of feminists.Manginas see women as an ultimate being to be placed on a pedestal,these strange creatures called manginas are willing to sell out other men and place their own self respect on hold or even throw it in bin just to please feminists.The invasion of feminist psychological programme operation on men.Sad!These feminists only care on how to make men wimps for the betterment of women.I have been saying this that these feminists are out to take over power from men.They are out to destroy patriarchy.First off let me just say,if i may that feminism is not about protecting and providing for women.,it’s actually about gaining power for gaining power for women.It’s about giving everything to women.We have seen women who are demanding power at home and in the work force.
    I believe that this gender equality is hurting this world more than helping it.If you questioned feminism you are branded as a heretic,a misogynist and a pathetic excuse for human being.Why don’t we all say no to this movement of hatred and more power to women.Don’t get me wrong if a woman is good at her job,there’s nothing stopping her from from getting that job or reaching the CEO position.

    Remember hillary clinton’s famous line? She said that Women have always been the primary victims of war.,She also said that Women lose their husbands,their fathers,their sons in combat.Notice in her quote how men losing their lives is just an aside to the real issue.Men’s need to wake up and be men.Women are out to take over.Men are now turning into simps,manginas,wimps,white knights in order to please these feminists.Why would a real man support an ideology that will put him at the back o the line.

  8. James

    March 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Until he gives up his position for a woman, I would say his response is all nonsense. Is he really being sincere or he is just playing to the gallery.

    Individual’s should be promoted based on merit, and not on gender. Let’s not create a hostile atmosphere that will turn the menfolk against women and set them back decades of empowerment.

  9. MOTH MOUTH

    March 19, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    WOMEN CAN BE WHATEVER THEY WANT TO BE. IF U GOT THE SKILLS AND EVERYTHING THAT QUALIFIES U THEN GO FOR IT . GOODLUCK ALL WOMEN

  10. adelegirl

    March 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Music to my ears! Lol at the men getting their knickers in a bunch at the UNSG’s statement. He is simply saying, gone are the days when men will be traditionally favoured for positions. Level playing fields are being established to empower women to attain top positions that were traditionally reserved for men. Let’s not act as though women have always been given equal opportunities.

  11. GeneralJackRipper

    March 20, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Replace the word “woman” with “man” in the above article, and then ask yourself if it still sounds like a great idea.

  12. LanceSmith

    March 21, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Ah yes … the zero-sum argument: the only way for women to win is for men to loose. I reject that notion outright, and it is arguments like that which demonstrate that feminists are absolutely not egalitarian (no matter how loudly they stomp their foot and say they are). Somewhere along the way feminists have forgotten that benevolent sexism is still sexism.

    As for women taking men’s jobs? Ok then we need parity not just at the top but the bottom as well. I want to see parity in disposablity. Over 95% of workforce deaths and injuries are suffered by men. That needs to change as well. And how about the media? No more “women and children first” when it comes to reporting deaths …. and in entertainment, we need just as many women being tortured, slaughtered, injured, etc as men. You start talking about these things, and you have my attention … until then, I see you for what you really are.

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