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GENERAL CATEGORY => GENERAL DISCUSSION => Topic started by: beibee on April 07, 2008, 02:12:40 PM

Title: WOMEN FACE BIAS WORLDWIDE
Post by: beibee on April 07, 2008, 02:12:40 PM

Women are discriminated against in almost every country around the world, a UN-commissioned report says.It says that this is despite the fact that 185 UN member states pledged to outlaw laws favouring men by 2005.

It adds that 70% of the world's poor are women and they own just 1% of the world's titled land.The report, which was prepared for UN Human Right Commissioner Louise Arbour, says rape within marriage has still not been made a crime in 53 nations.

The report recommends the introduction of a new, separate mechanism to fight discrimination because existing UN and international human rights laws are not being upheld.

It also calls for a new UN expert to focus specifically on laws which damage women's chances in life.