25 years after U.N. women’s meeting, equality remains distant

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, the world’s nations came together to make sure that half of Earth’s population gained the rights, power and status of the other half. It hasn’t happened, and the U.N. chief urged people everywhere Thursday to “push back” against the forces holding up equality for women.

Addressing the opening session of a high-level meeting to commemorate the landmark 1995 U.N. women’s conference in Beijing, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said “this is fundamentally a question of power.”

And in today’s more divided, conservative and still very male-dominated world, that power belongs overwhelmingly to men.

Guterres pointed to the frequent exclusion of women from peace negotiations, climate talks and decision-making roles of all kinds. One in three women experiences some form of violence in her lifetime. And the World Bank estimates “that it could take 150 years to achieve gender parity in lifetime earned income,” he said.

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25 years after UN women’s meeting, equality remains distant

UNITED NATIONS — Twenty-five years ago, the world’s nations came together to make sure that half of Earth’s population gained the rights, power and status of the other half. It hasn’t happened yet. And it won’t anytime soon.

In today’s more divided, conservative and still very male-dominated world, top U.N. officials say the hope of achieving equality for women remains a distant goal.

“Gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. Last week, in his address at the virtual meeting of world leaders at the General Assembly, he said the COVID-19 pandemic has hit women and girls the hardest.

“Unless we act now,” he said, “gender equality could be set back by decades.”

Ahead of Thursday’s high-level meeting to commemorate the landmark 1995 U.N. women’s conference in Beijing, the head of the U.N. agency charged

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25 Years After UN Women’s Meeting, Equality Remains Distant | World News

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, the world’s nations came together to make sure that half of Earth’s population gained the rights, power and status of the other half. It hasn’t happened yet. And it won’t anytime soon.

In today’s more divided, conservative and still very male-dominated world, top U.N. officials say the hope of achieving equality for women remains a distant goal.

“Gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. Last week, in his address at the virtual meeting of world leaders at the General Assembly, he said the COVID-19 pandemic has hit women and girls the hardest.

“Unless we act now,” he said, “gender equality could be set back by decades.”

Ahead of Thursday’s high-level meeting to commemorate the landmark 1995 U.N. women’s conference in Beijing,

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A Socially Distant Wedding in the Bride’s Boho Backyard

When Harneet Sidhu met Sim Brar online in May 2019, they say “they felt as if they’d known each other their whole lives.”

It came as no surprise when Sim, a software engineer, proposed to his Harneet, a school teacher, just seven months later. He enlisted the help of Harneet’s sister when it came time to pop the question, creating a handmade scrapbook that would house the ring. “Already excited about the idea of a scrapbook, I opened it up, and on the very first page was written ‘Our Wedding Day,’ with the engagement ring resting on the page. It was thoughtful, sweet, and the best way I could have imagined,” exclaims Harneet.

With a ring on her finger, the bride knew exactly where she wanted to say “I do” to Sim: her parent’s backyard in Vancouver, British Columbia. “It had been a dream of mine to have a boho-style

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