He told the opening session of the Commission on the Status of Women that educating and empowering women will unleash their potential and prevent "challenges that arise from violent extremism, human rights violations, xenophobia and other threats."
While Guterres didn't name any countries or groups, his message was clearly aimed at the Islamic State extremist group which sells women and girls as sex slaves. It also appeared directed at U.S. President Donald Trump's expansion of a ban on federal aid to international organizations that provide abortions or abortion information — and to Russia for new legislation decriminalizing some forms of domestic violence.
The U.N. chief said men still dominate in every country of the world and male chauvinism blocks women from getting ahead.
"Our world needs more women leaders," Guterres said. 'And our world needs more men standing up for gender equality.'"
Read article by Edith M. Lederer from TIME.