WHAT WOMEN CARRY: HEAVY BURDENS, BUT POWER AND COURAGE TOO

Beijing20Logo181x200en pngAt a recent UN session, one of the delegates commented, “Stereotypical gender roles divide the world into those who produce and those who reproduce.” Twenty years after the Beijing World Conference on Women aimed at achieving greater equality and opportunity for women, stereotypical views are still evident in many parts of the world. In both developing and developed countries, women are still often reduced to child-bearing roles while men are expected to take on leadership roles. Even if this attitude is pervasive this does not mean it is acceptable. To the detriment of all, these views ignore the power and courage of women and their essential place in the advancement of society. Women’s and girls’ rights are human rights; these are not just ‘women’s issues’ but areas that must be addressed by both men and women if all people are to prosper.  beijing20.unwomen.org/en    empowerwomen.org

                Watch a brief video — What Women Carryhttp://bit.ly/1JizRFH

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