WOMEN’S CONFERENCE / ADVANCER

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As human rights advocates and government officials prepare to meet in New York to discuss women's rights, the UN says that the overall progress made in the area still remains uneven. FILE

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STORY: WOMEN’S CONFERENCE / ADVANCER
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SOURCE: MONUC / UNTV / WORLD BANK / UNIFEM / MINUSTAH / UNICEF / VIRTUE PRODUCTIONS / UNFPA / UNAMID / GLOBAL HEALTH TV / UNAMA
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MONUC - 21 SEPTEMBER 2008, MASISI, NORTH KIVU PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

1. Various shots, women and children fleeing

UNTV – SEPTEMBER 1995, BEIJING, CHINA

2. Various shots, Beijing Women’s Conference in 1995

WORLD BANK - MAY 2008, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

3. Med shot, sewing factory

UNIFEM – DATE UNKNOWN, AFGHANISTAN

4. Med shot, woman baking bread

MINUSTAH - 10 MARCH 2009, PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI

5. Various shots, women working in clothing factory

UNICEF – 6 NOVEMBER 2008, ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

6. Tracking shot, pregnant woman and mother walking in the street

UNICEF – DECEMBER 2008, MASERU, LESOTHO

7. Various shots, pregnant woman waiting for care inside hospital

UNIFEM – NOVEMBER 2009, NAIROBI, KENYA

8. Med shot, hospital corridor showing Gender-Based Violence Recovery Center sign

"STOLEN FACES" - VIRTUE PRODUCTIONS – NO ACCESS APTN LIBRARY – CAMBODIA, DATE UNKNOWN

9. Various shots, victims of acid attacks

UNFPA – DATE UNKNOWN, BANGLADESH

10. Wide shot, 14-year old girl with her husband

UNAMID - 14 MAY 2009, ABSHOUK CAMP, NORTH DARFUR, SUDAN

11. Various shots, female UN peacekeepers inside Abshouk camp

UNAMID – 8 MARCH 2008, ELFASHER TOWN, NORTH DARFUR, SUDAN

12. Wide shot, UNAMID peacekeepers walking in the streets with banners reading "Empower women for better tomorrow"

13. Med shot, female peacekeeper displaying poster

GLOBAL HEALTH TV - 18 OCTOBER 2007, LONDON

14. Various shots, Women’s conference in London with logo “Women Can Deliver”
15. Med shot, Mary Robinson at podium

UNAMA – DATE UNKNOWN, AFGHANISTAN

16. Pan left, crowd of women

UNAMID - 14 MAY 2009, ABSHOUK CAMP, NORTH DARFUR, SUDAN

17. Wide shot, Darfur women at camp’s market

STORLINE:

As human rights advocates and government officials gather in New York next week to discuss women’s equality and rights, the United Nations says that the overall progress made in the area still remains uneven.

At the two week-long 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, several ministers and more than 2,000 women activists will gather to review the progress made in the last 15 years – since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration which today remains the most comprehensive global policy framework to achieve gender equality, development and peace.

Despite progress made in a number of areas such as education, disparities still exist between regions and within countries. Global averages also tend to hide differences among women based on location, economic status, ethnicity, age, disability and other factors.

Over half a million women and girls continue to die as a result of complications during pregnancy, childbirth or after delivery. Such a phenomenon, common in developing countries, is largely preventable and treatable.

Today violence against women and girls has become a global pandemic where up to 70 percent of women experience violence in their lifetime.

Women continue to lack participation in senior decision-making positions and excluded from conflict resolutions and peace processes that govern their lives. Since 1992, about seven percent of high-level government officials were women and only about two percent served as signatories to peace agreements.

During the session, the International Day for Women (8 March) will be observed at the UN headquarters on 3 March. The theme of this year’s commemoration will be “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All.”
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