Candidate for UN chief sees sexism in vote
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. –