WOMEN: "Gaps" in gender equality persist in Africa 20 years after landmark meeting

12 Mar 2015

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Significant gaps remain in the realization of gender equality in Africa, 20 years after a landmark meeting to boost women’s rights. That’s according to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.President Sirleaf, one of the first women to lead a country in Africa, is at the United Nations to attend the Commission on the Status of Women. One of the main topics of discussion is the implementation of the Beijing Declaration on gender equality which was agreed by the international community in 1995. Joseph Msami asked President Sirleaf if there had been any progress in Africa.
Let “50-50 by 2030!” be rallying cry for gender equality, says UN chief

Ban Ki-moon. UN Women/Chasi Annexy

Efforts should be intensified to achieve equality between men and women by 2030. That’s according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at a high-level debate on gender equality on the eve of International Women’s Day. This year the annual celebration comes at a time when the United Nations is reviewing progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs. One of these eight goals, set by world leaders in 2000, is the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. Derrick Mbatha has compiled this report.
2.4 million lives saved through “Every Women Every Child” movement

High-level Event on Every Women, Every Child. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Two point four million women and children have been saved since 2010 in 49 countries that have been targeted by a UN initiative called “Every Woman Every Child”. The findings come in a report presented at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, entitled “Saving Lives, Protecting Futures.” The event was hosted by the UN Secretary-General and attended by governments and other representatives who have been working to improve the health of women and children around the world. Daniel Dickinson reports.
Presenter: Cathrine HasselbergProduction Assistant: Sandra GuyDuration: 10’00”