Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016

Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

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This UN Women’s flagship report shows that, all too often, women’s economic and social rights are held back, because they are forced to fit into a ‘man’s world’. But, it is possible to move beyond the status quo, to picture a world where economies are built with women’s rights at their heart. It is being published as the international community comes together to define a transformative post-2015 development agenda, and coincides with the 20th anniversary commemoration of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China which set out a comprehensive agenda to advance gender equality. This publication brings together human rights and economic policymaking, and provides the key elements for a far-reaching new policy agenda that can transform economies and make women’s rights a reality. Through solid in-depth analysis and data, this evidence-based report provides key recommendations on moving towards an economy that truly works for women, for the benefit of all.



Monitoring women’s economic and social rights: The role of gender statistics

Statistics and data are important tools for assessing the gender impacts and dimensions of economic and social policies. At the international level, substantive work on gender statistics can be traced back to the 1980s, following the proclamation of the United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development and Peace (1976–1985). Since then there have been important advances in related normative and technical standards. In 1995, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action included a strong call ‘for generating and disseminating gender-disaggregated data and information for planning and evaluation’. More recently, in 2013, the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) endorsed a minimum set of gender indicators to serve as a guide for the compilation of gender statistics; and, in response to a request from the United Nations General Assembly, adopted a core set of nine indicators on violence against women.


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