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Women—Still Waiting at the Tomb

The document we hoped to see emerging from this year’s Commission on the Status of Women is still delayed, awaiting approval. The political “power plays” involving some of the resolutions apparently have not been settled. But women have a friend in Secretary General Bang Ki- moon, who said at the CSW “As I go around the world, men squirm and think I sound like a broken record – but I say what is broken is the system that does not let women develop to their potential,” referring to the fact that “rural women are 1/4 of the world’s population, but are at the bottom of every social indicator, and their low status affects the whole community. Investing in rural women is smart!”