Gender Gap

20 years ago in Beijing, 189 countries signed on to a plan for securing gender equality for women. Was the “Platform for Action” successful for women around the world?

Not so much.

More than 170 countries retain laws and policies that restrict the rights and protections of women and girls that men and boys enjoy, according to a new report from the World Policy Analysis Center at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

While there is some good news (an increase in the number of countries removing discriminatory laws and greater education opportunities for girls), the report finds troubling issues, including the fact that “Half of all women are in paid employment, and wage disparities are a universal problem.”

Thousands of representatives are gathering this week in at the UN in New York to review the effectiveness of the “Platform for Action.”

The Los Angeles Times

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