Today, we understand, even better than our founders did, that the empowerment of women is a fundamental condition if we are to make progress towards the goals for which the United Nations was created.
-- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
When girls are educated and healthy, and can avoid early marriage, unwanted pregnancy and HIV, they can contribute fully to society.
– UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin, International Women's Day 2011.
In a world of seven billion, every person should enjoy human rights and human dignity, and have the opportunity to make the most of his or her potential.
– Babatunde Osotimehin