Can­di­date for UN chief sees sex­ism in vote

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE lead­ing fe­male can­di­date to be the next sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the United Na­tions, Ar­gen­tine For­eign Min­is­ter Su­sana Mal­corra, said she sees lin­ger­ing sex­ism in the elec­tions.

The world body has never had a fe­male leader in its 70 years. With Ban Ki-moon, the cur­rent in­cum­bent, set to step down at the end of the year, Ms Mal­corra leads a pack of five women can­di­dates seek­ing to change that.

But she told Ar­gen­tine news­pa­per Clarin that “there is still a bi­ased vote against women” at the UN.

“When one sees that there is cur­rently only one woman on the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil [Sa­man­tha Power, the US am­bas­sador to the UN], it is dif­fi­cult to main­tain a cer­tain level of bal­ance and equal­ity. But maybe I’m wrong.”

In the UN’s most re­cent se­cret straw poll lead­ing up to the elec­tions, Ms Mal­corra came in third place, be­hind Por­tu­gal’s for­mer prime min­is­ter An­to­nio Guter­res and Ser­bia’s for­mer for­eign min­is­ter Vuk Jeremic. –

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