Gender Equality Stuck in 1995

26 years after a supposedly historic Beijing conference on women’s rights, activists are demanding accountability for still-unmet commitments pledged by 189 countries, PassBlue reports.
 
The lack of progress emerged as a major theme at this week’s Generation Equality Forum in Paris. The forum is about “tackling and funding all areas where women have been ‘short-changed’” by forced marriage; gender-based violence; reduced access to education, technology, and leadership opportunities; and limited sexual and reproductive rights, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, told the AP.
 
The pandemic has worsened the outlook for women across the board by interrupting progress on jobs for women and education for girls.
 
More pandemic setbacks, shared by The Guardian

  • An estimated 47 million more women will fall into extreme poverty brought on by the pandemic, according to the World Economic Forum.
  • Women’s unemployment shot up by 9 million in 2020 over 2019, and is projected to grow by another 2 million in 2021—while men’s unemployment is projected to decrease, according to the International Labour Organization.

 
Forum organizers expect to bring in billions of new pledges this week. One of the first: The Gates Foundation announced a new $2.1 billion commitment over 5 years for economic empowerment, health and family planning, and accelerating women in leadership.

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