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Rio+20 Agreement Fails Women, and the World

Women wave scarves at Rio+20 protest. Photo by: Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD).

During meetings to finalize the Rio+20 document, Heads of State will adopt in the next few days at Rio+20, delegates agreed on a plan short on vision and big on compromises, including trading away women’s rights to placate the Vatican, Egypt, and Syria.

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Rio+20: Holy See and G77 Fight to Erase Women From Sustainable Development Agenda

In 1992, women’s human rights advocates played a critical role in shaping Agenda 21, ensuring that “three pillars” of sustainable development (social, environmental and economic) remained central to the sustainable development agenda, and that women remained central to all three pillars. Today, conservative forces are fighting to return to the past.

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