Full Report

Full Report

The State of the World’s Children 2007 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. It looks at the status of women today, discusses how gender equality will move all the Millennium Development Goals forward, and shows how investment in women’s rights will ultimately produce a double dividend: advancing the rights of both women and children.

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The report starts by examining the status of women now (chapter 1), then discusses equality in the household, in employment and in politics and government (chapters 2-4) before outlining how to accelerate progress and thus produce the double dividend of gender equality (chapter 5). The five chapters are available in separate PDFs.

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Discrimination across regions, domestic violence against children, child labour, women’s groups, girls’ education: These and other issues are looked at closely in a series of panels in the report, available in a single file as well as in separate PDFs.

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Regional editions

The State of the World’s Children 2007 is also available this year in regional editions. Learn more about the double dividend of gender equality in Latin America and Caribbean, South Asia, and Middle East and North Africa (available March 2007).


Background papers

Background Papers were commissioned for The State of the World’s Children 2007 to provide in-depth original research on the relationship between women’s empowerment and children’s development and well-being.


Previous reports

Each year, UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children. The report includes supporting data and statistics.

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