Women’s rights under threat across the globe: Beijing +20 


March 7: As states meet in New York to evaluate commitments made 20 years ago in Beijing, women’s rights are under serious threat across the globe, FIDH said in a press statement.

When governments gathered in Beijing in 1995, they signed up to a road map to eliminate discrimination against women in law and practice. In 2015, it is evident that the political will necessary to translate commitment into reform has fallen woefully short. Not only has progress been slow and halting but in some countries women’s rights have undergone serious setbacks, the statement said.

FIDH calls on states participating in the 59th session of the Commission on the status of women, which opens on 9 March in New York, to recognize the serious threats to the lives and freedoms of women and girls and to take the measures necessary to eliminate persistent discriminatory laws and practices and to guarantee the freedom and security of those who defend women’s rights.

At the 4th World Conference on Women, government from across the globe asserted that, ‘Women’s rights are human rights.” They recognized that although the status of women has advanced in the same important respects in the past decade, progress has been uneven, inequalities between women and men have persisted and major obstacles remain with the serious consequences for the well-being of all people, the statement said.

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