Wikiprogress Focus on Gender Equality

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Wikiprogress is trying a new idea. We are going to focus our communities and networks on different topics throughout the year.
Ahead of the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting on 4 March 2013, Wikiprogress harnessed ideas and articles on gender policies and indicators.

“Women and girls are subject to inequality not only in the public sphere but also within the private sphere such as within the home and their intimate relationships. Tackling the continuum of inequality in both the public and private spheres is therefore essential to addressing the root causes of gender inequality.

Women’s empowerment is closely related to, but goes beyond, gender equality to cover not just women’s condition relative to men’s, but their power to make choices and their ability to control their own destiny. It must go hand in hand with efforts to address gender inequality. Women should be empowered to make choices and decisions and to use their rights, resources and opportunities. Important elements of women’s empowerment include access to and control over resources, meaningful political participation, the reduction of women’s unpaid care responsibilities, and the ability to have control over their own bodies such as living free from violence and making decisions in relation to fertility.” Achieving Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Post-2015 Framework, Gender and Development Network, 2013


Special focus: Rising against sexual violence

As we are approaching the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of women, the media are already clearly focusing on the issue of violence against women. The online discussion on “Transforming social norms to prevent violence against women and girls” that we held from 4-13 February highlighted many issues, from domestic violence to sexual harrassment, but most importantly many solutions – which we will compile in a report. We will disseminate the report online and present it on 4 March in New York so that your voices are heard. In the meantime, see how the media are covering issues such as sexual harassment and female genital mutilation in Wikigender’s Community Portal and watch this video by EveEnsler and Tony Stroebel.

Wikigender’s Progress Series[edit]

Wikigender’s Online Discussions:

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Special Focus: 10 x 10 – Educate Girls. Change the World

There has been a steadily growing social media buzz over Girl Rising’s feature length film 10×10; which augments the pervasive power of education to change the lives of millions of girls across the world. The movement is attempting to break down the barriers that hinder girls from receiving education while highlighting the significant benefits it will bring to them and the global community. If you haven’t seen the trailer already, look no further!





Employment and Work


Environmental Sustainability

Justice and Law

Social Institutions



Other Relevant Papers

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Conventions and Committees

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, 54th session (11 February – 1 March 2013)

Data sources



Data shows that the number of missing girls exceeds boys by over 100

Syrian women are increasingly becoming weapons of war in the battle between government forces and the opposition.

The World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty is focusing on how to tackle violence against women and girls in public spaces. This posted is by Michelle Bachelet for IPS.

1 in 3 women on the planet is raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is one billion women. On 14 February 2013 Eve Ensler’s V-Day organization is inviting one billion women and those who love them to rise up, walk out, dance and demand an end to this violence.

Condemnation of violence against women is widespread. But how do communities actually eliminate these attacks?

Amartya praises gender equality

For more media reviews see:
Wikiprogress Community Portal
Wikigender Community Portal
post-2015 page on Gender Inequality