Achievements and Challenges 20 Years after Beijing: A View from Switzerland

Derungs, Flurina Andrea; Keller, Ursula (March 2015). Achievements and Challenges 20 Years after Beijing: A View from Switzerland. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

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Despite being one of the world’s wealthiest countries and most modern economies, in Switzerland gender equality remains an elusive challenge. Paid maternity leave, legal abortion and an increase in women’s educational attainment are some of the milestones achieved since 1995, when the country was one of 189 states to adopt the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at the Fourth World Conference on Women. But while legal gender equality may be nearly achieved, much remains to be done to achieve gender equality in practice. Rigid gender stereotypes, wage discrimination, women’s heavy care burden, segregation in the workplace, violence against women, under-representation of women in political and economic decision making, and structural obstacles to reconciling family duties with employment still stand in the way of gender equality. In order to realize gender equality, government, employers, politicians and civil society all need to take concrete and coordinated actions. These range from changes in the educational sector, in the labour market and in the social security system to an active foreign policy that promotes women’s human rights.

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09 Interdisciplinary Units > Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (ICFG)

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Derungs, Flurina Andrea


[49] Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit




Flurina Andrea Derungs

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04 Feb 2016 14:19

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05 Dec 2022 14:51

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Gleichstellung von Frau und Mann




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