Despite Major Gains, Women Bear Disproportionate Share of Poverty Burden

Friday, July 23 2010

 

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Despite major gains, women bear disproportionate share of poverty burden, Remain politically underrepresented, UN commission told

More than 50 Speakers Take Floor to Describe National Efforts Aimed at Achieving Targets Set at 1995 Beijing Conference

While women had posted major gains in terms of educational achievement, political representation and economic viability, the goal of gender equality was elusive, as women continued to bear a disproportionate share of the burden of poverty and under representation in political life, the Commission on the Status of Women was told today, as it continued its general discussion.

Focusing on the priority themes of the Commission's fiftieth session - enhanced participation of women in development and the equal participation of women in decision-making - some 55 participants, including numerous ministers, took the floor in two meetings today to share their national experiences in meeting the targets set out in the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action.

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