Hillary Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York speaks at the 2015 Meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University at the University of Miami on March 7, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
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Hillary Clinton, a likely U.S. presidential candidate, is urging the world to take action and address "the great unfinished business of the 21st century" -- the achievement of equality for women that 189 nations called for at a groundbreaking U.N. conference 20 years ago.It says change has been far too slow when it comes to women's security, economic opportunity and leadership.According to the acknowledgments, the report grew out of "the mutual commitment" of Melinda Gates and Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to women's and girls' rights and opportunities.On the plus side, the report said more than 95 percent of the 56 national constitutions adopted after 1995 guarantee gender equality, compared with 79 percent of those enacted earlier. On the negative side, the report said more than 170 countries currently have legal barriers in place that prevent women and girls from experiencing the same rights, protections and liberties as men and boys.
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