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Review of India’s progress in the last 20 years on Beijing Platform for Action’s 12 critical areas of concern.

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New Delhi, August 11, 2014 – In 1995, over 17,000 participants, 30,000 activists and representatives from 189 governments, including over 500 delegates from India, congregated at the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China and developed a progressive yet practical framework for achieving gender equality. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) sparked intense gender equality efforts across India and around the world. Twenty years later the world is reviewing the progress made on gender equality and women’s empowerment.  As part of this process Civil Society Organisations in India are coming together in New Delhi on 11 and 12 August, to participate in the Beijing+20 India CSO National Consultation, supported by UN Women.

Gender-biased sex selection an extreme form and manifestation of gender discrimination and inequality against women, say UN Women and UNFPA

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New Delhi, July 22, 2014 – The sharply declining child sex ratio in India has reached emergency proportions and urgent action must be taken to alleviate this crisis. The study ‘Sex Ratios and Gender Biased Sex Selection: History, Debates and Future Directions,’ undertaken by Dr. Mary John on behalf of UN Women and with support from UNFPA, helps to understand gender-biased sex selection more holistically, and aids in the identification of the important way forward for organisations and people working on the problem.

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri meets India’s Minister for External Affairs and gender equality champion

New Delhi, 16 July 2014 – UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri met with India’s second woman Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj last Friday to congratulate her on her appointment. Ms Puri also sought her engagement and support to promote gender equality in India, as well as the regional and global levels, and briefed her on UN Women’s mission to empower women.

UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri meets with key ministers during visit to India

New Delhi, 9 July 2014 – UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri yesterday met with key ministers of the new Government in India whose efforts will be crucial to the progress of the country’s women and girls – who represent over 18 per cent of the world’s women.