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Since the 1995 declaration that women's rights are human rights at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, overall improvement has been slight in the lives of the world's women. Females continue to suffer an epidemic of violence. A cycle of poverty and abuse impedes the progress of many nations. In the Balkans, the systematic rape of women as a tool of terror has found a new home. Estimating that between 20 to 50 percent of women confront domestic abuse, a new UNICEF report finds only 44 countries have criminalized such violence. A special session of the United Nations General Assembly is currently reaffirming committment to the Beijing Platform while attempting to overcome the difficulties inherent in its application.

This month, CIAO examines these issues.

From CIAO's database:

Men, Women, and War Conference

Overcoming the Discrimination of Women in Mexico: A Task for Sisyphus

Women, the State, and Political Liberalization: Middle Eastern and North African Experiences

Loose Women or Lost Woen: The Re-emergence of White Slavery in Contemporary Discourses of Trafficking in Women

Outside Links*:

UNICEF Report: Domestic Violence Against Women (PDF)

Full Text of the Beijing Declaration

United Nations WomenWatch

Amnesty International: Women's Human Rights

Human Rights Watch: Women's Human Rights

Human Rights Library, University of Minnesota

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