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Amparo Vilches, Óscar Macías, Daniel Gil Pérez
Dr. Alberto Hidalgo
Natalia Cardona

In 2010 at the United Nations, in New York, many events have gender and women’s rights as their theme or are solely focused on gender. These occasions provide an important thread of continuity for Social Watch’s work on gender and women’s rights. While these events are diverse in their nature all have significant importance to gender issues and to the status of women at the international level.

Statement by the Third World Institute, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council

11 December 2009
Commission on the Status of Women
Fifty-fourth session

By Matern Boeselager


"The Earth is blue" said Yuri Gagarin in 1961 when he glimpsed the planet from the sky during the first manned space voyage. This social world map sizes countries according to their population and colours them according to their rank in the Basic Capabilities Index. Countries in blue provide their inhabitants with a minimum level of social services, while at the other extreme, countries in red face critical situations of deprivation. The colour scale of the circles shows degrees of progress towards gender equity. The governments of the world have agreed to achieve a set of basic standards known as the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Once these goals are met, all countries should be coloured green or blue. Yet, at the present rates of progress 70 countries will miss the goals ten years from now and at least 25 will still be red.

Gender equality in a partnership for poverty eradication

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