Issue 373 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

November 2004

Women's rights

It is nearly 10 years since the last United Nations conference on women in Beijing. On the surface, women seem to have won many of the rights they were fighting for. But this issue digs a little deeper into our post-feminist world. It looks at the situation of women around the world, where things are not all that they might seem. It examines the forces preventing change and argues that women's rights are also men's business.


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In this issue

  • In 1994, Mexico was thrust into the headlines after the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) seized four towns in the poor southern state of Chiapas.

  • Eric Miller / Panos /

  • Michael Kimmel shows how the behaviour of men is the single greatest obstacle to equality – and explains why sharing housework means more sex.