The Guardian Examines Progress On Women’s Health, Equality As U.N. Turns 70
The Guardian: What has the United Nations ever done for women?
“…Twenty years on [from the Beijing Platform for Action], progress is hard to chart. There have been improvements. Fewer women are dying in childbirth, more are holding political office, and FGM has shot up the agenda. But overall the picture is mixed. Abortion rights are still patchy, violence against women — including rape as a weapon of war — is prevalent, and proper economic equality still a distant dream. … As the U.N. marks its 70th birthday this autumn, half of humankind may still ask: what has been achieved for us?…” (Sherwood et al., 9/10).