|DESA News Vol. 13, No. 11||November 2009|
Today, at least one out of every three women is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime and more than 80 per cent of trafficking victims are women. Up to 130 million women have been genitally mutilated. “All of us have a responsibility to help end violence against women”, says the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
“Concerted action is essential if we are to alleviate extreme poverty, fight diseases and achieve the development targets," warned the Secretary-General at the last High Level Dialogue on Financing for Development. Without rapid progress, by 2015 there will be more people struggling in poverty, and millions of people will not realize the basic promises of the MDGs in their lives.
“As household incomes decline and governments reduce spending on public services, more poor families are falling deeper into poverty and must find ways to cope with meeting basic needs. These coping strategies often have long-term consequences for human development, especially of children and most often girls,” says Ms. Rachel Mayanja, Special Advisor on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 19 October.
This flagship publication of DESA’s Division for the Advancement of Women addresses the important theme of “Women’s control over economic resources and access to financial resources, including microfinance”. It illustrates the importance of examining women’s access to economic and financial resources in a broad sense and points to the inter-linkages between different types of economic and financial resources.
The 2006 Energy Statistics Yearbook is the fiftieth issue in a series of annual compilations of energy statistics summarizing world energy trends. Annual data for 215 countries and areas are presented for the period from 2003 to 2006 on the production, trade and consumption of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and electricity. Per capita consumption series are provided for all energy products.
Vienna, 12-13 November
New York, 23-24 November
Antigua, Guatemala, 26-27 November