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Title:Post-Beijing initiatives by governments: a comparative assessment of South Africa and other SADC States
Author:Sadie, YolandaISNI
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Geographic term:Southern Africa
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10130950.2001.9675933
Abstract:The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted by 189 States on 15 September in 1995 in Beijing, set out measures for national and international action for the advancement of women over the five years from 1995 to 2000 in twelve areas of concern: poverty, education, health care, violence against women, armed conflict, inequality in economic structures and policies, power and decisionmaking, institutional mechanisms, human rights of women, communication systems, environment and natural resources, and the girl-child. The present article compares the progress made by SADC countries (southern Africa) in terms of four of their most important priorities: poverty, health care, violence against women, and women in power and decisionmaking. Although women in the SADC region have made a few gains since 1995, the increase in poverty and HIV/AIDS among women is indicative of their continuing subordinate status. Bibliogr., notes.