A further $360bn (£290bn) a year is needed to achieve gender equality by 2030, according to UN Women, which blames limited progress globally on “lackluster commitment”.
In a snapshot report released on Thursday, the agency said the world was failing women and girls and was “far from on track” to meet the 2030 deadline for the gender goals set in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by the UN. Member States in 2015.
Tangible progress is being held back by “deeply rooted biases against women, manifested in unequal access to sexual and reproductive health, unequal political representation, economic disparities and a lack of legal protection”, says- he.
Of the 120 countries for which data is available, 67 do not have laws prohibiting discrimination against women and 28 have not yet implemented laws granting women equal rights in marriage and marriage. divorce. Only 41 countries are considered to have achieved, nearly achieved or close to achieving their gender equality goals.
Progress towards ending maternal deaths has stalled since 2015, when one in five women were married before the age of 18. No country is close to eradicating domestic violence. Each year, 245 million women and girls over the age of 15 will experience physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner.
Women hold only 26.7% of seats in the world’s parliaments.
Unless the pace of change accelerates, by 2050 women will still spend more than 9% more time, or 2.3 hours more per day, in unpaid care work than men. They will also occupy only about 30% of management positions.
“It’s shocking,” said Ginette Azcona, the report’s lead author. “When we look at the current situation in terms of gender equality around the world, we find that progress has not been fast enough and has been uneven across countries.
“It is a lackluster commitment to gender equality that we need to change and we need to change it now. And there is a price to pay if we take gender equality seriously. And when you look at the data, we see that the resources dedicated to gender equality programs are very low, but they are also irregular and not sustainable over time.
The report comes on the eve of a high-level summit to assess progress towards achieving the SDGs, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month. The SDGs aim to address the global challenges of poverty, inequality, the climate crisis, peace and justice. The meeting will mark what the UN considers “the beginning of a new phase of accelerated progress towards the SDGs”.