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The paper examines the UN's State of the World Population Report from the year 2000, titled "Lives Together, Worlds Apart: Men and Women in a Time of Change", that focuses on the under-appreciation of women, and the lack of support and equality they receive in many countries around the world. The paper explains why this is not merely a problem of equality and social justice, but also one of very practical concerns in the developing world. The paper highlights the need for change but also points out the positive changes already seen in many countries. Finally, the paper considers what can be done to address the inequalities that women face worldwide.
From the Paper:"The need for change is made readily apparent by the details contained in the report. Though the connection between rates of illness and abuse among women and the rate of early deaths in the gender is not explicitly made in the report, it seems reasonable to assume that abuse and illness account for a large portion of these early deaths. The report makes it quite clear that there are numerous issues that cause women to face illness needlessly--often as a direct or indirect result of abuse--and that treatment is also provided along gender-biased lines. This further damages productivity, in addition to constituting a human rights violation.
"Though change is coming, it is questionable whether it is coming fast enough. Even the signs of encouragement to be found in the UN report are scanty relief; it is noted, for instance, that "reproductive rights are guaranteed in South Africa's Constitution, but their exercise has been restricted by appeals to customary law"--but not to worry, since "policy makers' attention has been drawn to the need for clarification" (53). The issue is not one that necessarily needs clarifying, but rather direct and massive reform. There are brighter rays of hope, however; the report mentions several countries in diverse regions that have enacted labor reform codes, and other countries have included anti-discrimination articles in their constitutions aimed at granting full political and social equality to women (54-5). The actual effects of these new laws and codes have yet to emerge with as much optimism as that with which they were enacted, however."
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The UN on Equality for Women (2012, March 29) Retrieved February 02, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/the-un-on-equality-for-women-150662/
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