As we mark the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, we have much to celebrate, from the global progress over the past two decades in reducing income poverty, to the cuts in maternal mortality and boosts in primary school enrollment. Yet we still have so far to go to achieve gender equality around the world, as documented by the recent No Ceilings report launch by Secretary Clinton and Melinda Gates.
Well into the twenty-first century, we are still in a world where millions of women and girls have no say over when, whether, or how many children to have, are unable to buy or inherit land, are stuck in badly paid occupations, and, in their hundreds of millions, have been battered by their husbands. These are all deprivations that violate basic human rights and hold back development.
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