In early March, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon released a distressing new report that showed that 35 percent of women worldwide—that’s one in every three women—have experienced some form of violence in her lifetime. The report also found that one in ten girls under the age of 18 was forced to have sex.
The release of the report coincided with the UN Commission on the Status of Women, a two-week global review of women’s rights. The theme of this year’s commission was the twenty-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the world’s preeminent policy agenda on human rights and the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. The review shows mixed results with regard to global progress for women and girls.
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