No. of pages: 44
Publication date: December 2006
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Summary: The South Asia edition of The State of the World’s Children 2007 examines the issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and their impact on children in the context of the experiences of women and girls in the region. It highlights the extent and pervasiveness of gender discrimination in South Asia, and demonstrates the benefits to both women and children of gender equality in three critical arenas: the household, the workplace, and politics and government. The report outlines what must be done to maximize gender equality in South Asia through several key actions: education, research, legislation, financing, women empowering women, and engaging men and boys. These measures are less about radical new ideas than they are about a firm commitment to, and focus on, initiatives and paradigms that have proved to work. With concerted efforts, real progress can be made towards transforming patriarchal attitudes and institutions into a society based on universal human rights and equal opportunities for women and men alike. For women, men, and for children, the time to refocus our efforts is now.
Introduction to the Report