TANZANIA, TANZANIA — One by one, leaders and ministers from over 100 nations admitted Thursday that 25 years after the adoption of a road map to achieve equality for women not a single country has reached that goal — and many warned that instead of progress there is now push back. French President Emmanuel Macron put it bluntly, "women's rights are under attack."
Addressing a high-level meeting to commemorate the landmark 1995 UN women's conference in Beijing, Macron said it's no secret that the 150-page blueprint to realize gender equality approved by 189 nations in the Chinese capital "would have no chance of being adopted" in 2020.
So "this is no time for commemoration or self-congratulation," he warned, because progress achieved by women "is being undermined, even in our democracies."
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