Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is the first man to receive the Women’s Leadership Award in recognition of his efforts to promote gender equality at the Global Summit of Women in Istanbul, Turkey. In this address, Mr. Ban said, “Women who have fought for gender equality know that the battle does not end there. The battle does not end until there is no discrimination, against any human being, on any grounds. The battle does not end until all people can enjoy a life of dignity.”
On the empowerment of women within the UN system, Mr. Ban told the summit that the number of women in senior management positions had risen by 40% over the past four years. “I am working hard to break down barriers for the advancement of women by tearing down this glass ceiling at the United Nations,” he said.
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