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Ban-Kin Moon Urges Universities To Promote Women's Empowerment :: Uganda Radionetwork

Ban-Kin Moon Urges Universities To Promote Women's Empowerment

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Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General, has urged Universities across the world to play a significant role in promoting women empowerment.

Speaking to the Global Colloquium of University Presidents, held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Ban-Kin Moon noted that Women remain second-class citizens in too many countries, deprived of basic rights or legitimate opportunities.

He urged the universities to help in the fight to overcome discrimination and change perceptions about what women can and should do.

Ban said universities can play "a significant role" in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment. He said this could be achieved by providing the training in critical thinking that a functional democracy needs.

He said that the issue of women's rights and women's representation should be reflected in the university curricular, appointments, practices and partnerships.

Ban said it was vital to give girls and young women the inspiration and tools so they have the opportunity to achieve, citing as an example the recent introduction of an all-female unit of Indian police officers to the UN peacekeeping force in Liberia (UNMIL).

Ban stressed that while the rights of women have come a long way in the past century, women are second-class citizens in too many countries today.

He noted that too many women, in too many countries, have no other role beyond marrying and producing children at a young age, then taking care of those families.

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