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UN Millenium Development Goals: Gender Equality

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Cara Smith

on 19 January 2015

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Transcript of UN Millenium Development Goals: Gender Equality

Religious and social freedom
In countries such as
or the Middle East (even in Africa) women are still inferior to men.
Cultural Standards: WOMEN
generally tend to farms and work in factories
22 percent of Pakistani females over the age of 10 work (whether it be in a business or on farmland).
women make up less than half (42%) of all 2.6 million high school students and only 22 percent of 68,000 university students are women.
90 percent of wives report abuse at least once in their lives. However nothing is done because it is considered a personal matter between the husband and wife.
Most countries allow women to have their own agricultural businesses.
-Yet, they are not allowed to own land and their husbands or male guardians have all rights and receive all props for the prosperity of the business.
Certain cultural customs and standards force women to act certain ways or hold certain jobs or roles in their communities that are sometimes degrading and discriminating as seen in the following video.

Marriage in Pakistan
Commission on the Status of Women

The CSW is:
Non-Governmental Organization
meets in New York yearly
discusses the progress made on gender equality.
established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council
elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls
GOAL: Gender Equality
By Cara Smith, Emily Masi, and Kayla Daley
UN Millenium Development Goals: Gender Equality
In 1975, the UN took major notice of how women worldwide were being treated inferior to men:
The year was declared International Women's Year
the UN held it's first conference on women in Mexico
Pakistan's Women's Rights Committee was established
many ideas on how gender equality could come to be in this country were proposed
the next year, Pakistan's government was overthrown.
~In Pakistan, half of the out of school population is girls (4.5 million). By the year 2015, the percentage of illiterate girls will increase.
~ Out of 49.5 million illiterate people, most of them are women.
~ The budget for education is not as important to Pakistan as the military. The government spends only 10% of the entire budget while the military gets 7 times that.
~ Many people around the world are beginning to talk against the lack of money for education. Malala Yousafazi who is nominated for a Noble peace prize is standing up for girls in her home country: Pakistan. Since she was made famous by her small interviews and blog posts she payed a price for wanting an education
What it's all about
Pakistan is the 3rd most dangerous country for women
in the world.
-In this presentation we will talk about:
religious and social freedoms
marriage/divorced women
the CSW
and how to fix gender inequality
The 56th annual meeting of the CSW
Women in Pakistan protest on the International Day to End Violence Against Women

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CSW. "Commission on the Status of Women-Follow-up to Beijing and Beijing + 5." UN News Center. UN, Mar.-Apr. 2014. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

Economic and Social Council. "United Nations Official Document." UN News Center. UN, Mar.-Apr. 2014. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

UNICEF. "Girls' Education and Gender Equality." UNICEF. UNICEF, 15 July 2014. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

Torrel, Inez. "Pakistan's Educational Challenges." CNN. Cable News Network, 01 Jan. 1970. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

Husain, Mishal. "The Girl Who Was Shot for Going to School." BBC News. BBS 2014, 7 Oct. 2014. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.

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Wives are treated unfairly/abused by their husbands
Many want a divorce but are too scared to try to get one
In some cases, women who try for a divorce are killed
Many arranged/forced marriages
Forced marriage is comparable to slavery in that human beings are being treated like objects
No one wants to intervene for fear of being called racist for opposing Islam customs
One in three girls are married before the age of 18. One in nine girls are married before the age of 15.
What is being done?:
~ The Pakistani government has increased the amount put into the budget.
~It's being put into poorer schools; less expensive
~The libraries have been strengthened; the literacy rate will increase.
~ Equipment is provided
~ There are teachers and research faculty being hired.

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