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close this bookBreaking the Barriers - Women and the Elimination of World Poverty (DFID, 1999, 24 p.)
close this folderWomen's inequality and world poverty
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We are building effective partnerships for gender equality with the international community, other donors, partner governments, civil society organisations, and the private sector. We also recognise that local communities must take a lead.

The Global Platform for Action

Before the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing, most efforts focused on addressing women's practical needs, and reducing the heavy burden placed on them by poverty and their multiple roles in the economy, the community, and at home.

After Beijing a more strategic approach has emerged which promotes full equality between women and men in all spheres of life, addressing the causes as well as the consequences of inequality and aiming to bring about fundamental changes in gender relations.