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This week UNICEF launched the State of the World's Children Report 2007: Women and Children - the double dividend of gender equality.

Take this week's quiz and learn more about the progress towards and challenges of achieving gender equality around the world.


1. Millennium Development Goal number 3 is to eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by which year?

A: 2010
B: 2015
C: 2020


2. In which region of the world is the gender divide in education the widest?

A: the Caribbean
B: sub-Saharan Africa
C: South Asia


3. What is the minimum age of marriage recommended by the UN?

A: 12
B: 15
C: 18


4. The UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women is the body which monitors States implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimation against Women. Since 1992 it has required that all national reports to the Committee include statistical data on which thematic issue?

A: the treatment of women and girls in prison
B: media regulations for reporting on women and girls
C: the incidence of violence against women


5. Which country's parliament has recently backed a bill amending a law on rape and adultery which criminalises all sex outside marriage and means women themselves can be put on trial for being raped?

A: Pakistan
B: Yemen
C: United States of America


6. In which country was a man recently jailed for the female genital mutilation of his daughter?

A: Sweden
B: The United States
C: Morocco


7. In how many countries do women get no maternity pay?

A: 5
B: 32
C: 74


8. Which country has the highest percentage of women in parliament?

A: Norway
B: India
C: Rwanda


9. Which landmark study which was recently presented at the General Assembly presents a picture of violence in the following settings: the family, the community, State custody and institutions, armed conflict and refugee and internally displaced persons situations?

A: The Secretary-General's Study on Violence Against Children
B: The Secretary-General's Study on Violence Against Women
C: The Beijing Plus Five Report


10. Which international human rights instrument was the first to recognise the reproductive right of women to medical abortion when pregnancy results from rape or incest or when the continuation of pregnancy endangers the health or life of the mother?

A: The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
B: Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa
C: Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women