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Women rights are being reduced, restricted and reversed in current troubled times: UN Chief
Terming the present world scenario as 'troubled times' due to extremism and terrorism that is making world 'unpredictable and chaotic', the rights of women and girls are being 'reduced, restricted and reversed', articulated the UN chief Antonio Guterres in his IWD-message.

Historic imbalances in power relations between men and women, exacerbated by growing inequalities within and between societies and countries, are leading to greater discrimination against women and girls," he stated in a released message.

He added, "Around the world, tradition, cultural values and religion are being misused to curtail women's rights, to entrench sexism and defend misogynistic practices."

"Women are routinely targeted for intimidation and harassment in cyberspace and in real life. In the worst cases, extremists and terrorists build their ideologies around the subjugation of women and girls and single them out for sexual and gender-based violence, forced marriage and virtual enslavement," he said expressing his concern on the continuance of outdated attitudes and entrenched male chauvinism.

He urged, "We must change this, by empowering women at all levels, enabling their voices to be heard and giving them control over their own lives and over the future of our world."

"Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realise their full potential" he added.

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