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Progress of the World’s Women 2008/2009: Who Answers to Women? Gender and Accountability

Anne Marie Goetz

UN Women is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, and was formed to accelerate progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to the rights of women and girls. This volume of the Progress of the World’s Women report demonstrates that the MDGs and other international commitments to women will only be met if gender-responsive accountability systems are put in place both nationally and internationally. The report examines how women are strengthening their capacity to identify accountability gaps, as well as how such improvements enhance women’s access to politics, public services, economic opportunities, justice, and international assistance.