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    Women’s Participation in Exercising Political Power Cannot Be Disputed, Says General Assembly President, Opening High-Level Event

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    When women work to rise to the top, whether in politics, business or community advocacy, they face resistance, discrimination, social stereotypes and double standards, the President of the General Assembly said today as she opened a high-level event on “Women in Power”.
    The figures speak for themselves, 90 per cent of Heads of Government are men, said María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (Ecuador), calling on world leaders to demonstrate the political will needed to change the course of history.

    The great majority of countries have never been governed by women, she continued.  If the current trend continues, achieving equality will take over 100 years.  Women face myriad challenges in politics.  They are judged by how they look and how they are dressed, more than their ideas.  And when they do express their views and opinions, they are held to a much higher standard than men.

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    This situation is real, and we must work to combat it, she stressed.  Underrepresentation of women in political life contributes to exacerbating inequality.  The benefits of women’s participation in exercising political power clearly cannot be called into question.  If half of the population is excluded, sustainable development is just a thought.  It has been shown that a greater representation of women in parliaments ensures reform of discriminatory laws.
    Women also play a key role in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, she emphasized.  When they take part in peace talks, the likelihood of that agreement lasting is increased.  Women must consider what makes them different and how, when they do reach positions of power, they can help build healthy and inclusive societies.  “It is not an easy task, but if anyone knows how to struggle, it is us,” she emphasised.
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