The State of the World’s Children 2007
Women and Children: The Double Dividend of Gender EqualityMaputo, 11 December 2006 – Despite significant improvements on the status of women in the past three decades, far too many women and girls have been left behind and remain voiceless and powerless, says UNICEF’s The State of the World Children 2007 launched today in New York.
The report examines the discrimination and disempowerment women face throughout their lives and outlines what must be done to eliminate gender discrimination and empower women and girls.
As the report argues, healthy, educated and empowered women are more likely to have healthy, educated and confident daughters and sons. However, gender discrimination is still occurring in many ways around the world and throughout the life cycle. Women and girls are deprived of equal access to resources, opportunities and political power. The oppression of girls and women can include the preference for sons over daughters, limited personal and professional choices, the denial of basic human rights and outright gender-based violence.
As the report concludes, enhancing women’s influence in the key decisions in the household, the workplace and political sphere will not only improve their lives but will also have a positive effect on child well-being and development.
In Mozambique, disparities related to gender affect women and girls in many aspects of their lives:
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