Culture exceptions 'threaten women's rights' | Russia News | Al Jazeera

Culture exceptions 'threaten women's rights'

UN gender equality conference may have opposite effect as countries push agendas.

    The theme of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conference this year is preventing violence against women.

    Some countries, like Egypt, Russia and the Vatican state, are fighting to change international agreements to make allowances for culture and tradition and are pushing the agenda at the UN.

    Women’s groups say if these delegates make exceptions for culture and tradition it will reverse those hard-fought gains.

    Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from the UN headquarters in New York.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.