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Catalyzing change for gender equality

  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

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Bangkok   /   Tue, November 26, 2019   /  02:07 pm
Catalyzing change for gender equality Today, the region’s governments are committed to overcoming the persistent challenges of discrimination, gender-based violence and women’s unequal access to resources and decision-making. (JP/Budhi Button)

Great strides have been taken to empower women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region in the 25 years since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing adopted an ambitious global agenda to achieve gender equality. Gender parity has been achieved in primary education; maternal mortality has been halved. Today, the region’s governments are committed to overcoming the persistent challenges of discrimination, gender-based violence and women’s unequal access to resources and decision-making. The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review will meet in Bangkok this week to explore how more commitments of the Beijing Declaration can be met to improve the lives of women and girls in the region. Asia-Pacific governments have reviewed their progress and identified three priority areas where action is imperative to accelerate progress in the coming five years. ...

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