Achieving gender equality will take about 300 years

The United Nations lamented this Wednesday that some 300 years are still needed to achieve equality between women and men, given the persistence of discriminatory laws and disparities in the assumption of positions of responsibility and in the standard of living, and pointed out that the current crises they “exacerbated” the differences between the sexes.

In a statement, the United Nations for Women and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs said that “filling the gap in legal protection and eliminating discriminatory laws will take up to 286 years,” based on “the current rate of progress.” .

The agencies predicted that “it will take 140 years for women to be equitably represented in positions of authority and leadership in the workplace”, and that “it will take at least 40 years to achieve equitable representation in national parliaments”.

These expectations are far from the 2030 goal established by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to achieve gender equality.

The two agencies considered that “global challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences, violent conflicts, climate change and negative attitudes regarding women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, are exacerbating disparities of genre”.

The statement said the number of women and girls living in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 a day will reach some 383 million by the end of the year, compared to 368 million men and boys, and warned of a worrying shift. in efforts to reduce poverty. .

The document states that the number of forcibly displaced women and girls is higher than ever, reaching 44 million by the end of 2021, while more than 1.2 billion women and girls of childbearing age live in countries that impose restrictions on abortion.

The statement also quoted UN Women’s Executive Director Sima Buhous as saying, “We need to come together now to invest in women and girls to go back and accelerate progress,” adding that “the data certainly shows setbacks. in their lives, exacerbated by the global crisis, whether related to income, security, education or health. The longer we take to turn this trend around, the more it will cost us all.”