Associated Press: UN statistics show women's equality still a dream
The report was released on the first U.N. World Statistics Day, established to pay tribute to statisticians around the world. In an introduction, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the report "is intended to contribute to the stocktaking being done to mark the 15 anniversary of the Beijing conference" on women where 189 nations adopted a platform to achieve equality for women. Despite progress on several fronts, Ban said the report "makes clear that much more needs to be done, in particular to close the gender gap in public life and to prevent the many forms of violence to which women are subjected."
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