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‘It may take 300 years to attain full equality between men and women’ according to UN

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A new report by the United Nations Women and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) has revealed that achieving gender equality cannot no longer be possible by 2030.

The report states that at the current rate of progress of Sustainable Development Goal 5, it may take close to 300 years to achieve full gender equality.

The report, which is titled; “Gender Snapshot 2022,” “shows that global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, violent conflict, climate change, and the backlash against women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are further heightening gender disparities.”

Investments in women, girls

According to the UN Women Executive Director, Sima Bahous, the development is a tipping point for women’s rights and gender equality as the world approaches the halfway mark to 2030.

She said; “It is critical that we rally now to invest in women and girls to reclaim and accelerate progress. The data show undeniable regressions in their lives made worse by the global crises in incomes, safety, education and health. The longer we take to reverse this trend, the more it will cost us all.

“Cascading global crises are putting the achievement of the SDGs in jeopardy, with the world’s most vulnerable population groups disproportionately impacted, in particular women and girls. Gender equality is a foundation for achieving all SDGs and it should be at the heart of building back better.”

On her part, the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN DESA, Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, said “if swift actions are not taken against legal systems that do not ban violence against women, do not protect women’s rights in marriage and family, (for instance denying women their right to pass on their nationality to their children, or to inherit), do not provide them with equal pay and benefits at work, do not guarantee their equal rights to own and control land, the crisis may continue to exist for generations to come.”

On child marriage

She said at the current rate of progress, the report estimates that it will take up to 286 years to close gaps in legal protection and remove discriminatory laws, and 140 years for women to be represented equally in positions of power and leadership in the workplace, and at least 40 years to achieve equal representation in national parliaments.

“To eradicate child marriage by 2030, progress must be 17 times faster than the progress of the last decade, with girls from the poorest rural households and in conflict-affected areas expected to suffer the most,” she said.

On poverty

The report said there is a worrisome reversal in the reduction of poverty, noting that the rising prices of commodities are likely to worsen the trend.

“If current trends continue, by the end of 2022, around 383 million women and girls will live in extreme poverty (on less than $1.90 a day) compared to 368 million men and boys.

“Many more will have insufficient income to meet basic needs such as food, clothing and adequate shelter in most parts of the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, more women and girls will live in extreme poverty by 2030 than today,” it stated.

The official said the invasion of Ukraine by Russia has further worsened food insecurity and hunger, especially among women and children, limiting supplies of wheat, fertiliser and fuel, and propelling inflation.

Spatolisano said in 2021, about 38 per cent of female-headed households in war-affected areas experienced moderate or severe food insecurity, compared to 20 per cent of male-headed households.

More facts

Further facts in the report shows that in 2020, school and preschool closures required 672 billion hours of additional unpaid childcare globally.

The report claimed that if the gender divide in care work remained the same as before the pandemic, women would have shouldered 512 billion of those hours.

“Globally, women lost an estimated USD 800 billion in income in 2020 due to the pandemic, and despite a rebound, their participation in labour markets is projected to be lower in 2022 than it was pre-pandemic (50.8 per cent, compared to 51.8 per cent in 2019).

“There are now more women and girls who are forcibly displaced than ever before. Some 44 million women and girls by the end of 2021.

“Today, over 1.2 billion women and girls of reproductive age 15-49 live in countries and areas with some restriction on access to safe abortion,” it stated.

Planned education summit

Touching on the benefits of the Transforming Education Summit taking place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the report points out that “achieving universal girls’ education, while not enough by itself, would improve such an outlook significantly.”

It stated that each additional year of schooling can boost a girl’s earnings as an adult by up to 20 per cent with further impacts on poverty reduction, better maternal health, lower child mortality, greater HIV prevention and reduced violence against women.

The report showcases that cooperation, partnerships and investments in the gender equality agenda, including through increased global and national funding are essential to correct the course and place gender equality back on track.

PT

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