An Interview with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury
“If women are marginalized in any human endeavor, I can tell you that endeavor will not succeed.”
As Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury spoke those words to me recently during a private interview at the United Nations in New York City, I felt a sense of relief. Having served as President of the UN Security Council, Senior Special Advisor to the UN General Assembly President, UN Under-Secretary General, President of UNICEF Board, recipient of UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace, and as one of the world’s most respected advocates for gender equality, he proved resolute and forthright about his convictions.
My relief arose from the realization that the Ambassador will indeed always be there as a champion for the 50% of humanity that needs male leaders to step up and help us females ford the stream. “By marginalizing women we are using only 50% of the capacity the world has to improve itself,” he laments. “It is high time that we should act to proactively, consciously and resolutely assert the inherent equality that women have. Recognize that, give them a place and benefit from that.”
So, what is the Future of Girls? Brighter, thanks to Ambassador Chowdhury. Let me explain. I had served on a panel with Ambassador Chowdhury at a UN conference in 2013, and heard him give a presentation in California last year.