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Roadmap to equality: Are women better off than 20 years ago?
Roadmap to equality: Are women better off than 20 years ago?

It has been nearly 20 years since world leaders agreed to an ambitious road map to elevate the status of women and achieve gender equality. The half-inch thick “Platform for Action,” which was hammered out at a U.N. conference in Beijing and adopted by 189 countries, set a series of lofty goals, including equal access to education, an end to child marriages and the eradication of poverty. But as thousands of delegates gather at the United Nations in New York to begin reviewing progress made since 1995, women are still fighting for their rights. A pair of new studies puts that in sharp relief. More than 170 countries — about 90% — still have laws and policies...

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