UN Releases 5-Year Update on The World's Women

Beyond the Veil| The UN has released its report The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics. The report covers several broad policy areas – population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty and is designed to track the Beijing Declaration adopted in 1995 by the Fourth World Conference on Women.

It’s generally agreed that the goals of the Beijing Declaration supporting women will not be met by 2015.

While considerable progress has been made in reducing practices like FGC (female genital cutting), the global trend towards violence against women remains a challenge in all countries. Even in Finland -- considered one of the world’s most progressive countries on women’s rights — the Beijing goals around violence against women have not been met.