Monday, August 2, 2010

Women's Rights and the UN

Exactly one month ago, on July 2, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly voted to create a new body dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls worldwide.

This organization will, according to the UN Secretary General, "significantly boost UN efforts to promote gender equality, expand opportunity, and tackle discrimination around the globe. Equality for women and girls is not only a basic human right, it is a social and economic imperative. Where women are educated and empowered, economies are more productive and strong. Where women are fully represented, societies are more peaceful and stable."

The UN Women body states that it will be working to end:
-scourge of violence against women
-appointing more women to senior positions
-reduce maternal mortality rates

in addition to:
-elimination of discrimination against women and girls
-achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of -development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Visit the Official Website: UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

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