The Secretary-General delivers a video-link lecture in memory of Nelson Mandela, a fighter against the apartheid regime in southern Africa, who was born on July 18, 1918.
According to Guterres, two movements that have emerged recently – Black Lives Matter and #MeToo (against sexual violence and harassment) – show a complete disillusionment with the status quo.
As Guterres pointed out, women everywhere have called for an end to violence committed by powerful men “against women who are just trying to do their job.”
“The anti-racism movement that has spread from the United States around the world since the murder of George Floyd is another sign that people are tired. We are tired of inequality and discrimination that treats people as criminals because of their skin color. We are tired of structural racism and systematic injustice that deprive people of their basic rights, ” Guterres said.
In his view, these movements point to two historical sources of inequality in the world: colonialism and Patriarchy.