Thursday, October 21, 2010

UN Promotes Gender Equality

“Star Power at the UN,” Los Angeles Times (ADG 9-26-10)
Michelle Bachelet, single mother, survivor of prison torture, pediatrician, first female president of Chile, is an excellent choice to lead the newly created UN agency to promote gender equality around the globe. Fifteen years ago UN members in Beijing dedicated themselves to ending discrimination against women and closing the gender gap in a dozen areas. Yet women still suffer higher rates of poverty and illiteracy than men, and they face forced marriages, sexual enslavement, and rape as a weapon of war, which the UN Security Council recognized as a crime against humanity (e.g. the DR of Congo). See: --Kristof, Nicholas and Sheryl WuDunn. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Vintage, 2009. Give Bachelet your support.

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