UN-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the International Women's Day 2015

"The world will never realize 100 per cent of its goals if 50 per cent of its people cannot realize their full potential.  When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all", says UN-General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon in his statement on the International Women's Day 2015

In his message, Ki-moon comments on the archievements and importance of the issue, but also emphasizes its current threats. He stresses the need for international cooperation in combating extremist groups and the increased danger they are posing for women and girls in areas of crisis, urging the international community to develop a joint stance stance against the current total assault on women's rights and their livelihood.