Women can add a further $12 trillion annually to the global economy, said the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the opening speech to the sixty-first Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. He emphasized the need to break down barriers to allow women to maximize their potential and urged those in attendance to focus on honing strategies to empower more women to enter and contribute to the workforce. Women who have access to education and better reproductive health show a positive correlation with a better quality of life, higher salaries, and better health practices during child-rearing. Guterres called for all men to join the International Gender Champions campaign, to create a cultural shift recognizing women as truly equal and end sexual exploitation and abuse.
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