The trends include the spread of a neo-liberal economic model, growing militarization, and rising religious and cultural fundamentalism.
“Governments need to be really strong to counterbalance these forces and
push the Beijing Platform for Action to further women’s rights,” said June Zeitlin, WEDO executive director, “but they are just not
Instead, governments have adopted a “piecemeal and incremental” approach to furthering women’s rights that cannot achieve the goals the governments set for themselves ten years ago in
The document was issued to coincide with the United Nations’ two-week assessment here of progress since the
“The report is very clearly the voices of women,” Zeitlin said. “We did not seek input from governments. We wanted to have a report with women assessing the Beijing Platform of Action, since the UN report represents the governments’ assessments.”
Countries need to change the mechanisms that deliver services and the mind-sets that dictate the pace of change, she continued. She called on governments to pick three concrete steps to take on women’s rights between now and the UN’s Millennium assessment meeting in September.
Asked about controversy over the