International publications 2012 - 2015
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health 2015 Accountability Report
This is the fifth Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH; the Partnership) annual accountability report. It presents the final update on financial commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010-2015) and looks ahead to the implementation of its successor, the updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030). Lessons learned from tracking and analysing commitments to the 2010 Global Strategy are discussed in the light of how they can help strengthen accountability for the updated Global Strategy in key areas such as:
- Integrating human rights into all aspects of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health;
- Engaging with civil society organizations (CSOs), parliamentarians and other stakeholders to align accountability and advocacy;
- Building capacity to conduct budget analysis and citizens’ hearings.
The report includes a short overview of the accountability work of the Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival.
The analysis of financial commitments shows a number of encouraging trends in the implementation of Global Strategy commitments and financing for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). It also highlights areas that require additional focus, including:
- A single, integrated global accountability framework to improve overall coherence, cost-effectiveness and impact.
- A strengthened capacity to collect, analyse and synthesize data on resources, results and rights.
- The collection of disaggregated data to strengthen accountability for at-risk and vulnerable populations.
- Developing an accountability index to improve alignment between objectives and commitments.
- Expanding accountability work to include monitoring of underlying social determinants.
Progress of the World's Women 2015 – 2016 Transforming economies, realizing rights
This latest report from UN Women examines the status of women in the global economy and proposes a new economic policy agenda that aims to boost gender equality. Included is a telling set of statistics and analysis that illustrate the gender gap and gender discrimination experienced in the labor force. The report introduces ten recommendations that promote a global society that measures economic success based on the fulfillment of human rights rather than strictly traditional economic indicators.
The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 - World Economic Forum
The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 seeks to measure one important aspect of gender equality: the relative gaps between women and men across the pillars of health, education, economy and politics. The Report benchmarks national gender gaps of 142 countries on their ability to close the gender gap in four fundamental areas: economic participation and opportunity, education, health and survival, and political empowerment. This ninth edition of the Index, allowing for time-series analysis on the changing patterns of gender equality around the world and comparisons between and within countries.
The rankings are designed to create greater awareness among a global audience of the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by reducing them. The methodology and quantitative analysis behind the rankings are intended to serve as a basis for designing effective measures for reducing gender gaps.
The 2014 Report emphasises persisting gender gap divides across and within regions. Based on the nine years of data available for the 111 countries that have been part of the report since its inception in 2006, the world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace. The gender gap for economic participation and opportunity now stands at 60% worldwide, having closed by 4% from 56% in 2006.
While the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity lags stubbornly behind, the gap for political empowerment, the fourth pillar measured, remains wider still, standing at 21%, although this area has seen the most improvement since 2006.
The Reports findings show that Iceland continues to be at the top of the overall rankings in The Global Gender Gap Index for the sixth consecutive year. Finland ranks in second position, and Norway holds the third place in the overall ranking. Sweden remains in fourth position and Denmark gains three places and ranks this year at the fifth position. Northern European countries dominate the top 10 with Ireland in the eighth position and Belgium (10) Nicaragua (6), Rwanda (7) and Philippines (9) complete the top 10.
WHO study – Global Prevalence and Health Impacts of Violence Against Women (2013)
A study from the World Health Organisation presents a systematic review of the global and regional prevalence and health impacts of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual assault. Globally, 35.6 per cent of women have experienced physical or sexual violence. The study also found that women who experience intimate partner violence are:
- 16 per cent more likely to have low birth weight babies;
- Twice as likely to have an abortion;
- Twice as likely to experience depression; and
- Almost twice as likely to have alcohol use and abuse problems.
Global study – feminism central to preventing violence against women (2012)
A large global study on violence against women found that strong feminist movements are critical to preventing violence. The study includes data from 70 countries, spanning the last four decades.