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I appointed the first-ever female force commander of United Nations troops, and pushed women's representation at the upper levels of our organization to historic highs.When I arrived at the United Nations, there were no women leading our peace missions in the field.Armed with proof of the value of women leaders at the United Nations, I have spoken out for women's empowerment everywhere. In speeches at parliaments, universities and street rallies, in private talks with world leaders, in meetings with corporate executives and in tough conversations with powerful men ruling rigidly patriarchal societies, I have insisted on women's equality and urged measures to achieve it.On this International Women's Day, I remain outraged by the denial of rights to women and girls – but I take heart from the people everywhere who act on the secure knowledge that women's empowerment leads to society's advancement.
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