Women's Rights

Are violence and discrimination against women declining?

  • By:Karen Foerstel
  • Content Type: Report
  • Publisher: CQ Press
    • Publication year: 2008
    • Online pub date:
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.4135/cqrglobal20080500


Women around the world have made significant gains in the past decade, but tens of millions still face significant and often appalling hardship. Most governments now have gender-equality commissions, electoral gender quotas and laws to protect women against violence. But progress has been mixed. A record number of women now serve in parliaments, but only 14 of the world's 193 countries currently have elected female leaders. Globalization has produced more jobs for women, but they still constitute 70 percent of the world's poorest inhabitants and 64 percent of the illiterate. Spousal abuse, female infanticide, genital mutilation, forced abortions, bride-burnings, acid attacks and sexual slavery remain pervasive in some countries, and rape and sexual mutilation have reached epic proportions in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the ...

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