With under 10 years left to meet gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, the world is not on track. It has started reversing, organization UN Women says in a statement referring to the Sustainable Development Agenda adopted by UN member states in 2015.
UN Women is the United Nation’s entity dedicated to gender equality.
“Amid the intersecting crises of COVID-19, the climate emergency, and rising economic and political insecurity, progress on gender equality has not only failed to move forward but has begun to reverse.”
“Around the world, a growing backlash against women’s rights is threatening even well-established freedoms and protections.”
“Without heightened commitment from the global community, gender equality will remain nothing more than an unrealized goal. The time to act and invest in women and girls is now.”
The statement stresses that projection shows that:
- 388.1 million women and girls will be living in extreme poverty this year. _
- Only 57% of the world’s women make their own informed decisions regarding sexual relations, contraceptive use and reproductive health care.
- Globally, about 1 in 5 women aged 20-24 were married before the age of 18.
UN Women says the latest data on progress towards gender equality, compiled in the organisation’s upcoming 2022 edition of the annual Gender Snapshot Report, “shows the inadequacy of present-day efforts. If change continues at its current rate, our analysis shows that gender equality will remain unrealized for decades to come.”