Women's group. Kenya. Photo: © Curt Carnemark / World Bank
It has been nearly two decades since the Fourth Women’s Conference in Beijing in 1995. The conference was a milestone in the advancement of women’s empowerment, because it highlighted the pertinent issues women face. We have come a long way since 1995. From the implementation of gender equity policies in the workplace to coordinated action on violence against women and human trafficking, we have seen commendable progress.
All too soon the UN’s proclaimed International Year of Youth will be phased out. This will happen after the 12th of August 2011. For most youth development activists, I think the 12th of August 2011 which marks International Youth Day and the few days after should mark another time of stock-taking.