Thursday, April 2, 2015

Why now? The time is ripe for change

In 2015 the international community will adopt new Sustainable development Goals and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) – the most ambitious blue print ever for advancing women’s rights. Twenty years on, the Beijing Platform remains a source of inspiration, and guides efforts towards full realisation of the UN convention on the elimination of All Forms of discrimination against Women (CEDAW). commitment to ending women’s economic inequality, alongside other critical areas or concerns, features prominently in the Beijing Platform and is also included in CEDAW. There is no doubt that if bothwere implemented in full, women’s work – both in and outside the home – would no longer be subsidising today’s global economy. yet this is still a distant dream, the pace of progress has been slow and in certain places women’s economic inequality has actually deteriorated.
Women in developing countries and all over the world need and demand change today. ActionAid is calling for action to end exploitation and inequality in women’s work. Governments and business leaders must walk the talk now and throughout the critical milestones in 2015

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