Veteran campaigner condemns states' lip service to Beijing pledge

 

Shirin Akhter told Daniel Johnson at the UN in Geneva that states needed to do more to enforce legislation on equality. Photo: Ruben Brouwer/OHCHR

Women have too little influence in the big decisions that affect them despite a landmark pledge at the Beijing summit two decades ago, according to veteran activist Shirin Akhter.

It's why the Bangladeshi campaigner supports a UN twitter campaign using the #reflect2protect hashtag.

Before taking part in a UN-sponsored event in Geneva, Ms Akhter explained to Daniel Johnson how she was imprisoned and tortured for her early political activism but that it only motivated her even more.

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