Leading to Beijing +20: 12 Critical Areas of Concern — by RDM

The Beijing+20 platform for action has 12 critical areas of concern: women and the environment, women in power and decision-making, the girl child, women and the economy, women and poverty, violence against women, human rights of women, education and training of women, institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women, women and health, women and the media, and women and armed conflict. Since the original Beijing meeting, the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, the world has taken great strides in regards to protecting the rights of women, but there is still great work to be done.

This post is an accumulation of videos and links that provide statistics and other facts in regards to some of the critical areas of concern from the Platform for Action.

I firmly believe that a lack of knowledge leads to a lack of action. Part of the reason I became involved with the WomanStats Project is because I believe that facts and statistics–hard data–can be very persuasive and ultimately lead to positive change.

So, without further ado, I present the first video. This video is technically an advertisement for a non-profit, but it contains some great figures about women in the workforce.


This video is about women in agriculture. It focuses on how women’s status effects agriculture production, and ultimately the idea that by giving women greater access to farming resources there will be less hunger in the world.


The following is a trailer for the documentary film It’s a Girl. This film discusses human rights abuses faced by women all over the world, from female infanticide to dowry murder


I would like to include a link to a UN Women infographic about violence against women. Some of the facts found there are that “1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence”, and “4.5 million people are victims of forced sexual exploitation”. This infographic might be considered long, but holds a lot of very good information.

Beijing +20


All of these facts and figures are thoroughly important. They not only illustrate that there are problems with how women are seen and treated in the world, but it also illustrates the extent to which this is happening. Finally, you will find a video below that advertises, and will hopefully get you very excited for, Beijing+20.






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