theguardian: by Natricia Duncan —
Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the historic fourth World Conference on Women and the launch of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, when 189 national governments made a commitment to achieve equality, development and peace for women worldwide. On International Women’s Day 2014, how far have we come?
Helen Horn, chief executive, Womankind, UK
Commitments such as United Nation Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, Millennium Development Goals 3 on gender equality, and regional frameworks like the Maputo Protocol, which have enshrined women’s rights on paper, are important steps. But what do laws and global commitments mean when a third of women globally experience violence, while women are systematically kept out of decision-making and while millions still live in poverty?