Issue 9, May 2009
|Why Does Gender Equality Matter Today?|
Despite decades of national and international commitments to end gender discrimination, gender equality remains elusive all over the world. The United Nations Beijing Declaration’s 12 Critical Areas of Concern provide an international framework for action on the advancement and empowerment of women. An examination of each of these areas guides our discussion this month on the current global status of women.
By way of introduction to some of the overarching themes contained in these Critical Areas, we consider a few questions. What is the real import of understanding and addressing the unequal treatment and status of women, in both developed and developing nations? In addition to the obvious desire to eliminate unnecessary and unjust suffering, how does empowering women improve society and the world at large?