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  • 12 September, 2022

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The Gender Snapshot 2022

The Gender Snapshot 2022

Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): The Gender Snapshot 2022, a UN report, was been made public.

The United Nations Women released it (UN Women).

Summary of the Report

  • Gender equality: The research estimates that, at the current rate of development, it will take about 300 years to reach complete gender equality.

Realizing SDG 5:

  • It made clear that at the current rate of development, SDG 5, or achieving gender equality, won't be achieved by 2030.
  • Global difficulties that affect women: Issues like the COVID-19 epidemic and its aftermath, violent conflict, climate change, and resistance to women's rights to sexual and reproductive health and rights all have an adverse effect on gender gaps.
  • In war-affected areas in 2021, over 38% of households with a female head of household faced moderate to severe food insecurity, compared to 20% of households with a male head of household.
  • The issue involving Ukraine: The invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing fighting there are exacerbating food insecurity and hunger, particularly among women and children, reducing the availability of gasoline, wheat, and fertiliser, and causing inflation.
  • Displacement: By the end of 2021, there will be 44 million women and girls who have been forcefully relocated, more than at any other time in history.
  • Women's poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: If current trends continue, more women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa will be living in extreme poverty by 2030 than they do now.

Legal systems protecting women: Without immediate action, legal systems that do not outlaw violence against women, do not safeguard women's rights in marriage and families, do not guarantee equal pay and benefits at work, and do not ensure equal rights for women to own and control land may endure for generations.

  • Women's rights in marriage and family include being barred from inheriting and from being able to pass on their nationality to their offspring.

Laws defending women in leadership

  • According to the report, at the current rate of development, it will take up to 286 years to address legal protection gaps, repeal discriminatory laws, and achieve equal representation for women in positions of power and leadership in the workplace.
  • Equal participation in national parliaments will likewise take at least 40 years to attain.

Access to abortion for women

  • More than 1.2 billion women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 today reside in nations and regions where access to safe abortion is somewhat restricted.

Next steps recommended by the report:

  • To completely eradicate child marriage by 2030, progress must be made at a rate 17 times faster than that of the previous decade.
  • It is projected that girls living in conflict zones and in the poorest rural households will suffer the most.
  • The analysis demonstrates that in order to turn the situation around and put gender equality back on track, collaboration, partnerships, and investments in the cause are crucial. This includes increasing global and national funding.

What should the next step be?

  • The data demonstrated indubitable life regressions brought on by the worldwide economic, safety, education, and health issues. It will cost us all more if we wait longer to stop this trend.
  • In order to make things better, gender equality must be prioritised because it is the cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The SDGs are under threat due to cascading global crises, which disproportionately affect the world's most vulnerable population groups, particularly women and girls.
  • To turn the tide and put gender equality back on track, cooperation, partnerships, and investments are crucial. This includes increasing global and national funding.

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Source: The Hindu

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