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Knowing women’s rights and reaching the Millennium improvement pursuits relies on strengthening responsibility for commitments to girls and gender equality. For women’s rights to translate into noticeable advancements of their lives, and for gender equality to be discovered in perform, ladies has to be capable of totally perform public decision-making in any respect degrees and carry these dependable to account whilst their rights are infringed or their wishes neglected. UNIFEM’s biannual flagship e-book highlights promising examples for addressing latest responsibility gaps and bettering the responsiveness of power-holders to ladies in a couple of key components: politics and governance, provider supply, justice, markets, foreign reduction and safeguard associations. released on the half-way element to the 2015 closing date for reaching the MDGs, growth of the World’s girls 2008/2009 provides new facts delivering transparent proof that women’s empowerment and gender equality are key drivers for lowering poverty, development nutrients protection, decreasing maternal mortality, safeguarding the surroundings, and adorning the effectiveness of reduction.

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Women have found an important source of support in these associations, which often provide services and social recognition to women in areas where the state does not deliver. 43 This is a matter of concern to gender equality advocates, and in some contexts it threatens to reverse democratic political developments. This speaks to the urgent need to ensure that political accountability systems engage women as equal participants at every stage of the accountability cycle. Conclusion: Accountability to women in the political cycle Today, accountability to women is an issue that is on the agenda of governments around 32 PROGRESS OF THE WORLD’S WOMEN 2008/2009 the world.

When governments make concerted efforts to reach women, they are not only contributing to their welfare, but also recognising women’s rights. Policies to increase girls’ access to education in many countries, for example, have been boosted by strong signals from governments, political leaders and the international community that girls’ education is a matter of vital national importance. As a result, the gap between boys’ and girls’ primary school completion rates in low-income countries dropped from 18 per cent in 1990 to 13 per cent in 2000.

Internal party quotas to bring more women into party leadership have proven indispensible to ensuring not only that women’s issues are on party platforms, but that there is a stronger pool of women candidates in electoral contests. • Temporary affirmative action measures such as quotas and reservations are an important means of breaking through voter resistance and other constraints on women’s access to office. States that do not endorse these measures should be held to account if they do not take alternative steps to enable more women to attain representative office.

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