The latest report by UN, “The World’s Women: Trends and Statistics” reveals unsatisfactory development on gender equality. Not even a single country achieved equality between both genders warns the 2020 edition of the report.
The attitudes towards discrimination are evolving ‘slowly’. Chief of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Liu Zhenmin says, “Women are far from having an equal voice to men”.
A total of 189 governments pledged 25 years ago in Beijing to improve women’s rights. The blueprint made comprehensive assurances under 12 significant sections of interest which included women in power and decision-making, women and the economy and women and poverty.
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres said 25 years ago: “Progress towards equal power and equal rights for women remains elusive.”
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The detailed report found out that women need to have more prominent roles of power and decision-making in the world.
Why does Pakistan Still Rank Amongst the Lowest on the Global Gender Gap Index 2020?
Here are the key statistics:
1 – There are 20 women heads of state or government. “slight improvement over the 12 countries with female heads of state in 1995.”
2 – In comparison to 74% of men, only 47% of working-age women engaged in the labour market.
3 – The division of elected seats in local government retained by women has reached 36%
4 – According to a survey conducted by the World Bank, 18% of the chief executive in companies are women.
5 – In 2019, managerial positions retained by women were 28% only
The platform found, “Women have greater representation in roles that are being automated”. “Not enough women are entering professions where wage growth is the most pronounced (most obviously, but not exclusively, technology), and women face the perennial problem of insufficient care infrastructure and access to capital.”
How COVID-19 has Impacts the Progression of Women?
As Guterres said: “The COVID-19 crisis threatens to erode the limited gains that have been made. The Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals and efforts to recover better from the pandemic offer a chance to transform the lives of women and girls, today and tomorrow.”