The two-week Commission on the Status of Women starts today with a focus on creating a post-2015 development goal specifically for women's empowerment and gender quality. "People have got strong views on these issues, [and] we can expect [them] to be working very hard to position their issues," said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women's executive director. "We won't be complacent, but we must not at the same time be defeated before we start."

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