Half the world’s working women are without basic legal rights, says UN

November 7, 2011 • Gender Equality, Daily Email Recap

See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jul/06/un-women-report-access-to-justice

UN women report: Access to justice remains a work in progress

Flagship report from the new UN agency shows there is a way to go before improvements in the legal position of women are translated into equality and justice for all

Date: Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Author: Madeleine Bunting

More than half of working women in the world, 600 million, are trapped in insecure jobs without legal protection, according to the first report of the new agency UN Women. A similar number do not have even basic protection against domestic violence, it finds, while sexual assault has become a hallmark of modern conflict.

Michelle Bachelet, the executive director of UN Women, said the document showed that many millions of women had no access to justice.

“The report reminds us of the remarkable advances that have been made over the past century in the quest for gender equality and women’s empowerment,” she said. “However it also underscores the fact that despite widespread guarantees of equality, the reality for many millions of women is that justice remains out of reach.”

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jul/06/un-women-report-access-to-justice

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