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INTERNATIONAL: Legal Barriers Prevent Women’s Empowerment In More Than 170 Countries
Thursday, 12 March 2015

Source: The Guardian
Twenty years after the historic Beijing conference on women's empowerment, more than 170 countries still have legal barriers in place preventing women from experiencing the same rights, protections and liberties as men and boys, according to a new report on trends in gender equality around the world.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Inequality And Climate Change - A Double Injustice
Thursday, 12 March 2015

Source: Gender Links
At a CSW59 session on climate justice and gender equality held yesterday at the United Nations, delegates discussed the ongoing need for gender responsive and people-centered climate agreement to be mainstreamed in COP21 and the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

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INTERNATIONAL: The Journey Is Far From Over, UN Declares At Women’s Empowerment Event
Thursday, 12 March 2015

Source: UN News Centre
On a rainy evening in New York City yesterday, world leaders and grassroots activists packed the Hammerstein Ballroom to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the landmark Beijing women's conference and to declare that gender equality will be achieved by 2030 only if women are at the table making decisions alongside men.

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EAST AFRICA: East Africa Lags Behind In Women Empowerment
Thursday, 12 March 2015

Source: Newvision
Promoting gender equality at the workplace is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do. A growing body of evidence shows that utilizing the skills and talent of both men and women is beneficial for enterprises and for society in general.

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AFRICA: Africa Records Highest Cases of Violence Against Women - Report
Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Source: The Star
Africa has the highest proportion of women reporting physical or sexual violence according to a report by UN Women.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Africa Slow in Electing Female Heads of State
Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Source: All Africa 

President Jacob Zuma says the African continent must pick up the pace in advancing women to Head of State positions.

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INTERNATIONAL: Statelessness: UNHCR Calls for Global Commitment on Women's Nationality Rights
Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Source: UNHCR
As part of its #IBelong campaign to end statelessness, the UN refugee agency on Tuesday called for a global commitment to ensure all women can pass on their nationality to their children.

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LIBERIA: Sustained Efforts for Women Support Needed
Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Source: The New Dawn Liberia 
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has acknowledged the progress being made by the international community towards strengthening women empowerment and equality; but stressed that such efforts must be sustained at all levels of socio-economic development. 

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INTERNATIONAL: Gender Equality: World Leaders “Have Failed Women and Girls"
Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Source: Eco-Business
As the world marked International Women's Day on Sunday, a report by the United Nations (UN) agency for gender equality, UN Women, said that in the past two decades, progress on gender equality and empowerment has been "unacceptably slow", no thanks to factors such as climate change, conflict, and global financial crises.

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INTERNATIONAL: Launched at UN, Latest ‘Women in Politics’ Map Reflects Sluggish Progress in Gender Equality
Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Source: UN News centre
‘Women in Politics’ 2015 Map launched at United Nations headquarters today reveals the “snail’s pace of progress” on gender equality and women’s participation in public and political life, prompting representatives of the UN and the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) to warn that such slow advancement will severely check the new global development agenda due to be adopted later this year.

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