Against the backdrop of ongoing negotiations over the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), delegates and activists from around the world met at the U.N. headquarters in New York last month for the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which this year commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women that was held in Beijing in 1995.
While the CSW meeting has historically been characterized by contentious negotiations over the language of outcome documents, the organizers and delegates this year preferred to minimize controversy, adopting a relatively benign political declaration on the first day of the two-week meeting, which did little more than reaffirm the documents that had been negotiated at past conferences. This decision to avoid some of the perennial battles that often define such conferences at the U.N. greatly upset liberal feminists who were geared up to promote their radical agenda at this “Beijing +20” commemoration.
Although 20 years have passed since the historic 1995 conference, the Beijing Platform for Action and its liberal cheerleaders still give short shrift to the urgent needs of women, too often reducing women’s needs exclusively to matters of sexuality and reproduction. Policymakers and delegates seeking to genuinely improve women’s lives ought to identify the real problems that women face, and focus on crafting specific solutions to address them. Such policies include improving maternal and child health by investing in basic health care, combating human trafficking and prostitution, and pursuing legal and economic freedoms, which greatly reduce poverty and discrimination for women and their families.
Not only were the liberal feminists at CSW aggrieved by the missed opportunity to further their objectives—among them, promoting contraceptive use, eliminating any restrictions on or access to abortion, and promoting “sexual rights”—many of them expressed disappointment about their overall success in these areas over the past two decades. And rightly so: While the far Left did succeed in inserting its language and objectives deep into the Beijing documents, it has not managed to gain much new ground since then, largely due to the efforts of pro-life and pro-family groups and delegates who have promoted respect for the national sovereignty of U.N. member states that protect unborn life in their domestic laws.
At the time, the document that emerged from the 1995 conference—the Beijing Platform for Action—was considered a great victory for then-First Lady Hillary Clinton (who led the U.S. delegation to the conference) and liberal ideologues, broadly enumerating rights and setting ambitious targets for achieving supposed gender equality in the near future. Today, radical feminists and their allies in the U.N. bureaucracy bemoan what they see as a lack of progress in achieving many of their goals. To a sympathetic crowd, the deputy executive director of U.N. Women, the U.N. organization dedicated to gender equality, proclaimed, “gender equality and women’s empowerment is humanity’s biggest project in this century,” and insisted that “progress has been far too slow.… [I]t’s going to take nearly a century, 81 years, to get gender parity.” Consider this statement from U.N. Women’s executive director:
Nearly 20 years after the adoption of the Platform for Action, no country has achieved equality for women and girls and significant levels of inequality between women and men persist. Critical areas of insufficient progress include access to decent work and closing the gender pay gap; rebalancing of the care workload; ending violence against women; reducing maternal mortality and realizing sexual and reproductive health and rights; and participation in power and decision-making at all levels. (Emphasis added.)
Such “areas of insufficient progress” bear remarkable resemblance to the standard fare on a feminist wish list, such as seeking “equal pay for equal work,” mandating gender quotas, and “mainstreaming a gender perspective.” The U.N. defines gender mainstreaming as “the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies, or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.… The ultimate goal is to achieve gender equality.” Gender equality is understood to mean equality of outcomes, not equality of opportunity or equality before the law.
They are kidding right. The UN doing anything good is one big joke. I don't listen to or care what they think. Its all hot air.
This collection of maggots, they're the Organized "Community Organizer". A whole Cabal set up to foster Bad Ideas that will damage the American Public, tear them down.
Then to hear them say it the worst offenders are western nations. I suppose we must be wrong because so many of our women that have put forth the effort have achieved the material success they have wanted. Another problem that we have in the west is that many women opt for the lower pay jobs to afford more time to care for their children. Oh, and heaven forbid! Many women opt to stay home to care for the family thus delaying their entry into the work force and lowering their average pay. Then finally, promotion is often accompanied by being transferred. A man or for that matter woman who refuses to move to take a higher position will often not be asked again. So, the man takes the raise, the family moves, the woman quits her job, and starts work on gaining seniority. Thereby lowering her pay.
Most of the problem is in comparing apples to oranges. Much of it would disappear if hours worked, level of education, experience, etcetera were all taken into account the disparity would be less.
The U.N. is Anti-United States of America Everything / Anti-Israel-Yisrael / Anti-Zionism / Very Antiseitism / Anti-Christian and Jewish People!!
ABOLISH THE U.N. NOW!!
Been tryin for about 40 years!!!
Oh, yes this is the UN. It would seem that the biggest problem would be in being asked to take anything that that cabal of tin pot dictators says seriously. Many of these nations practice the notions of barefoot and pregnant, multiple wives, and chattel divorce.
The UN is at it again, America is surrounded at our borders
Legislation by British Canada Parliament Passed, Sharia Law. Taḥarrush is also a part of their culture. The Muslim Rape Game, will be silenced by the UN Agreement with Canada. White Genocide, may never be known.
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