WOMEN: Countries urged to look at gender equality challenges ahead of 2015 MDG deadlineListen /
The international community is being asked to look at what can be done to improve gender equality and women's rights ahead of the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. The MDGs are a set of internationally agreed targets to halve world poverty and include specific targets on equality and the empowerment of women as well as reducing child mortality. The annual gathering of UN Member States to address critical issues related to gender equality and women's rights is taking place in New York over the next two weeks. The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) is focusing on "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls".
Women in parliament reaches global record high
The number of women in national parliaments around the world has reached a record high of almost 22 per cent. The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) says the level of women's representatives is particularly encouraging in the Americas, Nordic countries in Europe and in Africa. The increase has been driven by a political commitment by individual countries to get more women elected. The "Women in Politics Map 2014" showing the global picture was launched in New York on Tuesday.
The right to contraception is a human right, says WHO
Girls, women and couples who want to avoid unwanted pregnancies should get the information and services they need, said the World Health Organization as it launched a new guidance on contraceptives. A lack of contraception puts 6 out of 10 women in low-income countries at risk of unintended pregnancy, the agency says. Making contraception information and services available not only protects the rights of these girls and women, but also their health.
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