“U.N. Report Says Progress for Women Is Unequal”

I know the Times didn’t publish Somini Sengupta’s  U.N. Report Says Progress for Women Is Unequal – NYTimes.com. a day after Adam Liptak’s Sidebar essay on the progress of American women justices, told through the dual stories of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Elena Kagan, but still:

UNITED NATIONS — Twenty years after a landmark United Nations summit meeting in Cairo called on countries around the world to allow women greater control over their health and destiny, women worldwide have fewer children, are less likely to die of childbirth and have made great strides in literacy, according to a major report released Wednesday by the world body.

But a closer look at the report’s numbers reveals marked disparities. For instance, in the poorest communities, “women’s status, maternal death, child marriage” and other indicators of women’s well-being have “seen little progress in the last 20 years,” the report concludes.

The global situation for women: one step forward in developed countries, eight steps back everywhere else.

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