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By Chris Crowstaff, December 2010

2011 is the most significant year ever in the history of women.

There is still more progress needed!



  • 100 years ago
    International Women’s Day was launched, with women demanding the right to vote, work, hold public office and an end to job discrimination.
  • 66 years ago
    The Charter of the United Nations was the first international agreement to proclaim gender equality as a fundamental human right.
  • 63 years ago
    the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • 18 years ago
    the United Nations passed a resolution which said that States should condemn violence against women.
  • 17 years ago
    the UN passed a resolution outlining a Platform for Action for States to eliminate violence against women and girls.
  • 8 years ago
    the UN passed a resolution saying that States should implement the commitments made in the platform for action.
  • 6 years ago
    at the World Summit, world leaders declared that ‘progress for women is progress for all’.
  • 5 years ago
    Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General, said… “There is no policy more effective in promoting development, health and education than the empowerment of women and girls.
  • 3 years ago
    UNIFEM began a public campaign to ‘inspire’ the member states to act by 2015.
  • Two years ago
    current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “Violence against women is… an attack on all of us, on the foundation of our civilization. It destroys health and perpetuates poverty. It strikes against equality and empowerment.”
  • 18 months ago
    the UN adoped the Resolution to End Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones


Women as a commodity:

Trading in women and girls is fast becoming more lucrative than the drugs trade - and just as corrupt.