Gender equality is about enabling all humans to reach their full potential to contribute to and benefit from economic, social and cultural participation. Women's ability to equally participate in these arenas must remain an important goal for all of us. Over my lifetime, I have been heartened to see much progress across societies in recognizing gender inequality, and also active efforts to begin to address the problem. These efforts range from actively promoting primary and secondary education for girls, encouraging women to pursue careers, and ensuring availability of healthcare. Despite this progress, much work remains. I am honoured to add my voice to the cause of gender equality.