Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women executive director.
2020 is a big year for gender equality. And the benefits of gender equality are not just for women and girls, but for everyone whose lives will be changed by a fairer world that leaves no one behind. It's the year for what we call "Generation Equality". With the leadership of civil society, we're mobilising to realise women's rights and to mark 25 years of implementing the Beijing Platform for Action.
The initial response to the outpouring of #MeToo around the world has been of outrage at the scale of sexual abuse and violence revealed. The millions of people joining the hashtag tide showed us how little they were heard before. They poured through the floodgates, opening up conversations, naming names and bolstering the frailty of individual statements with the robustness of a movement.
We have recently celebrated the peace deal struck between the government in Colombia and the main rebel group. The deal represents the clearest sign yet of a possible end to five decades of conflict. Less is said about the multiple constructive ways in which Colombian women have participated in these negotiations or mobilised for peace, including the many meetings held by women survivors with the women in both negotiating teams.