World Leaders at Expo Say Equality is Path to Humankind’s Progress

World Leaders at Expo Say Equality is Path to Humankind’s Progress


World leaders have emphasised the urgent action for gender equality at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Global Goals Week.

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the time needed to bridge the gender gap – which was already at 100 years – by another 36 years. World leaders agree that the need to course-correct and urgently achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment is essential not only for the sake of fulfilling a human right, but also for the advancement of humankind, said a press release issued by the Expo 2020 Dubai on Tuesday.+

Contributing different perspectives on the state of gender equality and women’s empowerment, panellists and speakers at The Women’s World Majlis on Gender Equality, the Mother of All Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressed everything from cross-generational approaches to the role of women in peace.

The event took place at the Women’s Pavilion as part of Global Goals Week, under Expo 2020 Dubai’s Programme for People and Planet, serving as a platform for world leaders and change-makers from around the globe to connect and work towards achieving the SDGs.

Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, said, “If we can’t achieve SDG 5 [Gender Equality], then we can’t achieve the SDGs. When women have less access to healthcare and education, and are more numerous among the poor and hungry, you just can’t make progress.”