Sunday, March 8th: International Women’s Day 2015

March 6, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

International Women’s Day 2015

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The 2015 UN theme for International Women’s Day (March 8)-Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!-envisions a world in which women can exercise their choices, whether that be participating in politics or living in a society free from violence and discrimination. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a globally endorsed framework towards advancing gender equality, human rights, and women’s empowerment.

Progress on the health-related recommendations from this framework has been uneven. Although maternal and child deaths have fallen since 1995, an unmet need still exists for family planning, gender-based violence is still a huge unaddressed problem, and deaths due to pregnancy-related causes still prevail, especially in developing countries and particularly among the poorest in society, who have no access to sexual and reproductive health services. On March 9,  No ceilings: the full participation project, an initiative co-sponsored by the Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will launch the findings and recommendations from its data-driven assessment of the gains made by women and girls since Beijing. Interestingly, they will show that gains made in health and primary education are far greater than in the other areas of economic participation, leadership, and security. But clearly, far more progress in health is needed.

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