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To mark International Women's Day on Sunday, the United Nations, politicians and aid organizations called for more action on women's rights. "Every day, women and girls in conflict regions become victims of systematic sexual violence," said German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul. The UN Children's Fund Unicef announces a positive report: Girls are catching up in education worldwide.

In most developing countries, for example, school enrollment rates for girls have risen in recent years, the UN Children's Fund announced in Cologne on Friday ahead of International Women's Day. International Women's Day is celebrated every year on 8. March committed. According to recent studies, there are now 97 girls enrolled in school for every 100 boys attending school worldwide, the report continued. Increased investment and targeted campaigns for girls' education had also led to an increase in school enrollment rates for girls in the world's poorest countries from 52 percent to more than 90 percent in the past 30 years, they said. However, girls are still particularly disadvantaged in West and Central Africa and South Asia, according to Unicef. In Mali, for example, there are only 74 girls for every 100 boys in school; in Niger, the ratio is 100 to 82; in Afghanistan, 100 to 61; and in Pakistan, 100 to 85. Major barriers to girls' school attendance remained poverty, child labor, early marriage and pregnancies, and traditional disadvantage in the family and at school. The other side: Gewa According to German Development Minister Wieczorek-Zeuls, in 2008 alone, around 100 women were killed in the Congo.000 women raped. Those affected are becoming younger and younger. Their "psychosocial annihilation" can disrupt entire societies, she warned at an international conference on violence against women in conflict in Berlin. "We are determined to hear this cry of women and not rest until these human rights violations come to an end," she said.In the Bundestag, the opposition criticized the federal government's gender equality policy. Although the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen (CDU), has scored points in family policy, said the women's policy spokeswoman of the FDP parliamentary group, Ina Lenke. But there are deficits in women's policy. The Greens and the Left faction accused the government of inaction.Von der Leyen defended parental allowance and childcare expansion as contributing to equality. At the same time, she acknowledged that women are often disadvantaged. "We have achieved a lot on paternity leave and daycare, but there is still a long way to go to achieve gender equality," she said.UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also called for a reduction in economic disadvantage. "We need economic and social policies that promote women's empowerment," he said in New York. The International Labor Organization estimates that the economic crisis will threaten the jobs of up to 22 million women this year. "A deeply rooted gender inequality" UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, wants to advance legal and actual equality. "Deep-rooted gender inequality and widespread discrimination against women are a reality," she said in Geneva."Doctors Without Borders" called for better care for victims of sexual violence in developing countries. Many countries lack special emergency aid for women who have been raped, said Thilde Knudsen, an aid worker presenting a study on the situation in Liberia, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Colombia.Help must be provided immediately, confidentially and comprehensively, Knudsen said. The most important thing is to prevent infection with HIV and other diseases. Unwanted pregnancies also need to be prevented, he added. In many cases, taboos prevent victims from seeking help.

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