State of World Population 2000

Lives Together, Worlds Apart: Men and Women in a Time of Change

No. of pages: 84

Publication Date: 2000

Author: UNFPA

Publisher: UNFPA

ISBN: 0-89714-582-8

The report examines a broad range of evidence from around the world showing that systematic discrimination against women and girls causes extensive suffering and lost opportunities for both women and men, and holds back efforts to reduce poverty, improve health, stem the spread of HIV/AIDS and slow rapid population growth.

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