18 September 2012
Globally, 139 constitutions include guarantees of gender equality, 125 countries outlaw domestic violence, and women have equal rights to own property in 115 countries and in 93 have equal inheritance rights. Yet the rule of law often rules women out. The implementation of these laws lag behind and efforts to advance women’s equal rights, opportunity and participation are uneven.
Against the backdrop of the high level debate of the 67th UN General Assembly where governments will focus on the rule of law, UN Women is calling on world leaders to urgently strengthen women’s access to justice and commit to concrete policy actions to prevent gender-based violence.
Women are central to peace and development, yet their potential remains untapped due to entrenched inequities from lack of security to limited access to economic resources and opportunities. During the General Assembly, UN Women events will highlight progress towards women’s rights and the gaps that remain, showcasing innovative strategies and voices of partners and donors working for gender equality.
For all official reports produced by UN Women for the 67thUN General Assembly, visit: www.unwomen.org/ga/ga67
For in-depth focus segments on women’s access to justice and empowerment of rural women, visit www.unwomen.org
Social Media: Follow @UN_Women on Twitter for the latest updates and stories, using the hashtag #GenderJustice
For inter-agency programmes and events related to gender equality, visit: www.un.org/womenwatch/
Photos, videos and webcasts from Ms. Bachelet’s engagements, UN Women co-sponsored events and priority issues will be made available at: http://www.unwomen.org
Information on media accreditation for the UN General Assembly at: http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/index.shtml
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