11 Decembrie, 2006 (BBC Romania)
Organizatia ONU pentru copii, UNICEF, publica luni raportul anual privind situatia copiilor in lume.
Dar, spre deosebire de anii precedenti, raportul se concentreaza nu pe aspecte anume ale vietii copiilor si pe vietile femeilor.
UNICEF cere guvernelor sa faca mai multe eforturi pentru a impune egalitatea intre sexe care, subliniaza organizatia, va insemna nu doar vieti mai bune pentru femei ci si pentru copii lor.
Potrivit UNICEF, capacitatea femeilor de a decide asupra propriilor vieti este indeaproape legata de sanatatea si bunastarea copiilor.
— intregul articol [mai putin decat profesionale si necesare, comentariile editoriale despre faptul ca “raportul nu va fi o lectura placuta pentru barbati” si UNICEF-ul nu cere “instaurarea matriarhatului”!]
Comunicatul UNICEF privind raportul
… The report argues that recent progress in women’s status has not come far enough. Millions of girls and women continue to live in poverty, disempowered and discriminated against. They are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, less likely to attend school and often subject to physical and sexual violence. In most places, men continue to earn more pay than women for the same jobs.
Women need a voice
… Empowering women, explains the report, saves children’s lives – and the impact is too important to ignore. … Moreover, the report finds, in families where women are the main decision-makers, a far greater proportion of household resources is devoted to child health, nutrition and education than in families where women do not have a voice.
Seven key interventions
The report suggests seven key interventions for gender equality:
* Abolish school fees and invest in girls’ education
* Invest government funding in gender equality
* Enact legislation to create a level playing field for women, and to prevent and respond to domestic violence as well as gender-based violence in conflict
* Ensure women’s participation in politics
* Involve women’s grassroots organizations early on in policy development
* Engage men and boys so the importance of gender equality can be understood by all
* Improve research and data on gender issues, which are critical if progress is to be made
Promoting gender equality is the focus of Millennium Development Goal 3. If this goal is achieved, UNICEF believes its benefits will be felt not just among women and children but in many other spheres—from poverty and hunger reduction to global health and environmental sustainability.
The State of the World’s Children 2007 shows that in the long run, empowering women will enhance efforts to reach all of the other Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Stire UNICEF din 18 Octombrie 2006:
Unul din patru copii traieste in saracie
Un raport al Agentiei Natiunilor Unite pentru copii, UNICEF, arata ca in Europa de est, Asia Centrala si Rusia unul din patru copii traieste in saracie, in ciuda cresterii economice din aceste regiuni.