[Dateline: New York | Author: iSeek]
At Headquarters today at 10:15 a.m., UNIFEM presented its flagship biennial global report, "Progress of the World's Women 2008/2009, Who Answers to Women? Gender and Accountability." [webcast] Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon spoke about the report at an event in the Delegates Dining Room at Noon.
In the report, UNIFEM, the UN Development Fund for Women, calls for stronger accountability systems to women in the areas of public services, justice, international aid, and governance, and looks at the need and means to move from commitments on women's rights to results that make a difference in women's lives.
Women must be included in all oversight processes; gender equality must become a standard against which public performance is assessed, it finds.
Examples highlighted throughout the report suggest that there is reason for optimism. In the past decade, there has been marked improvement in responses to women’s needs. But vast and daunting accountability challenges remain at both the national and international levels.
The report is being published at the halfway point to the 2015 deadline for achieving the MDGs and six days before the High-Level Meeting to examine the world's progress towards meeting the MDGs.
It presents new data providing clear evidence that women's empowerment and gender equality are drivers for reducing poverty, building food security, reducing maternal mortality, strengthening justice, and enhancing the effectiveness of aid.