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March 8th, 2010

tvcov2On International Women’s Day, IPS news agency talks to Iranian Nobel Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi and new UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova about their efforts to champion women. Both are in New York, with thousands of others, to review what progress women have made since the landmark Beijing Conference on Women, fifteen years ago.

An international team of IPS reporters is in New York where the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women is meeting to review the Beijing Platform of Action, with the IPS global network contributing local voices and viewpoints.

Read or download the special 8th March newspaper and website at IPS TerraViva Beijing +15 and find out if women’s rights have become human rights yet.

Headlined with a story from Haiti on how women are rebuilding, IPS TerraViva relates the continuing challenges of holding governments accountable to the promises they made fifteen years ago in Beijing.

Activists reflect on the extent that the fourth World Conference on Women back in 1995 helped Chinese women to change their legal and social context, and whether Chinese investment is better or worse for African women than Western practices.

Ending violence against women, the unequal impacts of disasters on women and men and whether there is still a chance to use the economic crisis to develop a more sustainable and equal way of doing business are some of the other stories you can read at IPS TerraViva Beijing +15.

The TerraViva Beijing +15 is part of the IPS programme “Communicating for Change: Getting Voice, Visibility andImpact for Gender Equality“. The IPS cast of stories includes independent coverage financed through the Dutch Government’s MDG3 Fund: Investing in Equality, and through the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

Visit the IPS TerraViva Beijing+15 website.

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