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U.N. Commission On Women Approves Declaration Promoting Gender Equality

News outlets report on the final declaration approved on Saturday by the 45-member Commission on the Status of Women.

Associated Press/Washington Post: U.N. document promotes equality for women
“After two weeks of heated debate, liberal and conservative countries early Saturday approved a U.N. document to promote equality for women that reaffirms the sexual and reproductive rights of all women and endorses sex education for adolescents…” (3/22).

The Guardian: Campaigners welcome ‘milestone’ agreement at U.N. gender equality talks
“U.N. Member states have agreed that gender equality and women’s rights must be prioritized in future discussions on what should be included in the next set of sustainable development goals…” (Ford, 3/23).

U.N. News Centre: Senior U.N. official hails outcome of forum devoted to empowering women and girls
“The head of the United Nations office focusing on the world’s women has welcomed the outcome of a two-week meeting in New York that she says represents a ‘milestone’ towards a transformative global development agenda that puts the empowerment of women and girls at its center…” (3/22).