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Paragraph 159 of the Beijing Platform for Action


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/09/30

159. In countries that are undergoing fundamental political, economic and social transformation, the skills of women, if better utilized, could constitute a major contribution to the economic life of their respective countries. Their input should continue to be developed and supported and their potential further realized.

Beijing Declaration (1995)

When looking at the Member States generally in reference in this paragraph, they’re looking simply and solely at the ‘fundamentals.’ Those arenas of the society of direct transformation. The areas, respectively, of politics, economics, and social life; these are parts of society transformed due to the contributions of women.

They aim for women’s skills to be “better utilized.” The use of the conditional is a bit odd. However, it’s a long document, declaration, with an acknowledge of the difficulties facing women in the various professional realms.

One of which includes an acknowledgement of the lack of using women’s “skills” better. Nonetheless, a greater attribution of concern to the economic lives of women “could constitute a major contribution to the economic life of their respective countries.”

One thing I do not like in some of these documents connected to the international community are the uses of the terms “nation,” “country,” “nations,” “countries,” “nation-state,” “nation-states,” and so on, because of a lack of connection with some of the important work done in the international community by, and through, the United States’s system.

Within this system, the standard terminology is States, Member States, Member State, and the like, rather than “nation,” “country,” “nations,” “countries,” “nation-state,” “nation-states,” and so on. Even so, the “input” from women on the areas of income and skills-utilization in each Member State has been, and can continue to be, a driver of economic growth through using more of the total skills-power of the States of the world.

In addition, on a question of wellbeing and fulfillment in life, this kind of work can be a major boon to the economic livelihood and sustainability of a Member State when women’s talents are put to fuller use.

(Updated 2020-09-27, only use the updated listing, please) Not all nations, organizations, societies, or individuals accept the proposals of the United Nations; one can find similar statements in other documents, conventions, declarations and so on, with the subsequent statements of equality or women’s rights, and the important days and campaigns devoted to the rights of women and girls too:


Strategic Aims

Celebratory Days

Guidelines and Campaigns

Women and Men Women’s Rights Campaigners


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