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State of World Population 2000

Lives Together, Worlds Apart - Men and Women in a Time of Change

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Despite the tremendous changes of the 20th century, discrimination and violence against women and girls remain firmly rooted in cultures around the world. This year’s Report looks at the gender inequality - the restrictions placed on women’s reproductive choices and how it affects their health, education, social and economic participation. The publication also explores women’s rights as human rights, gender violence and the role of men in reproductive health decisions. The Report acknowledges the role of governments in creating conditions for gender equality, but points out that in the end, different societies need their own solutions to provide a better life for both women and men. This annual also provides easily accessible tables and data representing trends and statistics for world population.

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Men, reproductive rights and gender equality

Equality between men and women is a matter for society at large, but it begins in the family. Understanding gender discrimination means understanding opportunities and constraints as they affect men as well as women. Men’s attitudes and behaviours are strongly influenced by societal expectations about what it means to be a man.

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