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Progress of the World's Women: Who Answers to Women: Gender and Accountability

UN Women
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Accountability cannot result from demand-side pressures alone. Progress of the World’s Women 2008/2009 demonstrates innovative examples of states and international institutions taking steps to increase the supply side of accountability. This implies gender-responsive changes in the mandates, practices, and cultures of these institutions to ensure that there are incentives and consequences for upholding their commitments to women’s rights. This report presents a framework for understanding accountability from a gender perspective and applies this to different contexts in which accountability systems determine women’s access to resources and power: politics, public services, labour, consumer and trade markets, justice systems, and international aid and security institutions.