UN warns that women's equal rights will not be achieved for 300 years
So said Anita Bhatia, deputy director general of UN Women, at a press conference to present this year's report.
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Called "Progress on the SDGs, a Gender Outlook 2022."
"It may take up to 286 years, almost three centuries, for women to have the same rights and legal protections as men," she said.
In her remarks, the deputy director insisted that "at the current rate of progress, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under Goal 5 (focused on gender equality) could take decades or even centuries to materialize."
She explained that parity in the workforce may not be achieved for at least 140 years and that it is also likely to take 40 years to achieve equal representation in parliaments around the world if things do not improve.
The report presented estimates that women have lost around 800 billion in income in 2020 due to the covid pandemic.19 and "despite a rebound in some parts of the world, their participation in labor markets will be lower in 2022 than before the pandemic."
In addition, the report estimates that by the end of this year there will be 383 million women and girls below the poverty line.
The ongoing war in Ukraine worsened food security, with as many as 36 countries relying on Russia and Ukraine for more than half of their wheat imports, including conflict-affected nations such as Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
For her part, the program director of the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Katie Tobin said that "the report recognizes that women and girls, especially across the global south, are significantly and disproportionately affected by the climate crisis and environmental destruction."
With the above, it can be said that women suffer from systematic discrimination and structural inequalities.