8 March 2015 – To mark International Women's Day today, senior United Nations officials highlighted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that set the agenda for realizing women's rights.
“From Nigeria and Somalia to Iraq and Syria, the bodies women have been transformed into battlegrounds,” he said. “Women have been attacked for trying to exercise their right to education and basic services; they have been raped and turned into sex slaves; they have been given as prizes to fighters, or traded among extremist groups in trafficking networks.” - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
In Africa, 70 per cent of crop production depends on women yet women still own only two per cent of the land” she said. “Women need change and humanity needs change. This we can do together; women and girls, men and boys, young and old, rich and poor.
he world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.
The political participation of women keeps increasing. In January 2014, in 46 countries more than 30 per cent of members of parliament in at least one chamber were women.
In many countries, gender inequality persists and women continue to face discrimination in access to education, work and economic assets, and participation in government. For example, in every developing region, women tend to hold less secure jobs than men, with fewer social benefits.
Violence against women continues to undermine efforts to reach all goals.
Poverty is a major barrier to secondary education, especially among older girls.
Women are largely relegated to more vulnerable forms of employment.
One of the turning points in the women's rights movement occurred when voting rights became widespread in western Europe and North...