The informal-informal group considering Chapter II (Global Framework) met all day Thursday and expected to continue into the night to complete the second reading. This group will take up consideration of Chapter V (Institutional Arrangements) on Friday, after which it will consider Chapter VI (Financial Arrangements).
Among the paragraphs discussed Thursday was paragraph 21 (poverty of women). The paragraph notes that macro-economic policies, including SAPs, have not always been designed to account for their impacts on women and girl-children. A revised reference to the plight of women in rural or remote areas was included. A paragraph on the family is to be drafted. A paragraph noting women"s contributions to the economy was added. Paragraph 22 (female-headed households) now includes references to the causes of poverty in female-headed households. Paragraph 22(bis) (role of religion and spirituality in women"s lives) was bracketed. In paragraph 23 (dependency ratio within families), references to long-term social policies and women"s needs in policy planning were bracketed. Paragraph 23(bis) (diversity and barriers) was bracketed. In paragraph 24 (communications changes), the call for a commitment to promote human values was bracketed.