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For 20 years world leaders have promised gender equality, but honor killings, rape and domestic abuse are still prevalent in many places.  We hear about this week's 59th session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, the progress that has been made and how much is left to be done.

Also, the Obama Administration seeks war authorization against ISIS, and Hillary Clinton breaks her silence about the exclusive use of private emails when she was Secretary of State. Did her first news conference in two years settle the question… or not?

Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Obama Administration Seeks War Authorization against ISIS 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and General Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today that President Obama needs a clear mandate to defeat the so-called Islamic State. Kerry also expressed outraged at the letter by 47 Republicans telling Iran’s Supreme Leader any nuclear deal might only be temporary. Kate Brannen, senior reporter for Foreign Policy magazine, has more on the story.

Kate Brannen, Just Security (@k8brannen)

Women's Equality: Violence and International Law 34 MIN, 19 SEC

At this week's 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, world leaders are pledging gender equality by 2030. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said there's been progress, but he conceded there's not been enough. It's been 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action established a plan for the global empowerment of women and, despite some progress against legal discrimination, more than a third of the world's women directly experience physical violence. Even where laws have been changed, implementation is lacking — and in some places, advances have been reversed. At this week's session of the Commission, we hear that the mood is one of impatience.

Somini Sengupta, New York Times (@SominiSengupta)
Yasmeen Hassan, Equality Now (@yasmeenhassan7)
Marsha Freeman, University of Minnesota
Andrea den Boer, University of Kent (@unikent)

UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
Sengupta on UN report on 'alarmingly high' levels of violence against women
Equality Now on ending sex discrimination in the law
Den Boer's 'Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia's Surplus Male Population'

Sex and World Peace

Valerie M. Hudson

Hillary's "Go to Hell" Response to the Email Controversy 9 MIN, 3 SEC

Hillary Clinton may be the consensus Democratic nominee for president next year, but she hasn't declared yet -- and she hadn't talked to reporters for many months. But, yesterday, at the UN, she broke her silence to address accusations about excessive secrecy while she was the senior member of President Obama's cabinet.

In her first news conference in two years, Clinton answered a question about her use of private email while she was Secretary of State.  "When I got to work as Secretary of State, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two... At the time this didn't seem like an issue." John Harris, editor-in-chief at Politico and author of The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House, has an analysis.

Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.

John Harris, Politico (@HarrisPolitico)

The Survivor

John F. Harris

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