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Ban calls for progress as UN commission on women opens

Published on Mar 11, 2014 5:58 AM

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - UN chief Ban Ki Moon said there is still much progress to be made to advance women's rights, despite recent strides, as he opened an annual conference on women on Monday. 

Among priorities are health needs, maternal and child health, sexual education, contraception and fighting violence against women, including female genital mutilation, Mr Ban said at the opening of the UN's 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

"We have come a long way, but there is much still to do and little time to do it," he said.

"Gender gaps are particularly stark among rural populations and for persons with disabilities, indigenous people and other marginalized groups," Mr Ban said.

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