Saturday, September 23, 2023

340 million women will soon live in extreme poverty


UNITED NATIONS – By 2030, one in four women and girls in the world will lack enough food and 340 million of them, eight percent of the female population, will survive in extreme poverty, a new report from two United Nations agencies says Nations.

The study “represents a clear call to action. “We must act now, together and decisively, to correct course towards a world in which all women and girls have equal rights, opportunities and representation,” said Sarah Hendriks, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Women Agency.

“To achieve this, we need unwavering commitment, innovative solutions and collaboration across all sectors and stakeholders,” Hendriks added.

UN Women and the multilateral organization’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs have produced the report “Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Panorama 2023,” which for the first time contains gender-disaggregated data on the intersections between gender and climate change.

It predicts that in a worst-case scenario, climate change could push an additional 158.3 million women and girls into poverty by mid-century, 16 million more than the total number of men and boys who would find themselves in the same situation.

The annual publication provides an analysis of the current status of gender equality in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), highlighting prevailing trends, gaps and recent setbacks on the path to achieving gender equality by 2030.

No country has the ability to eliminate domestic violence and only 27 countries have comprehensive systems in place to track and set budget allocations for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The number of women and girls in conflict contexts has increased, with catastrophic consequences. In 2022, the number of women and girls living in these contexts will reach 614 million, 50% more than in 2017.

It is estimated that by 2030, an estimated 110 million girls and young women worldwide will be out of school.

The employment and income gap remains very high. For every dollar men earn in labor income, women earn just 51 cents. Only 61.4% of prime working age women are employed, compared to 90% of men.

The gender gap in positions of power and leadership remains and, at current rates, the next generation of women will continue to spend an average of 2.3 hours more per day than men on unpaid domestic and care work.

It also shows that older women are more often affected by poverty and violence than older men. In 28 of the 116 countries with data, less than half of them have a pension and in 12 countries less than 10%.

Halfway to 2030, progress toward the gender equality goal is “clearly far from being on track,” with only two indicators of SDG5 (achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls) “close to target.” “ and no one reaches the goal of “goal reached or almost reached”.

The Panorama highlights the urgent need for concrete efforts to accelerate progress on gender equality and shows that an additional $360 billion per year is needed to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment across all global goals . A notice.

It also calls for an integrated and holistic approach, greater collaboration among stakeholders, sustainable financing and policies to address gender disparities and empower women and girls around the world, otherwise the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Gender equality is not just a goal of the 2030 Agenda. It is the very foundation of a just society and a goal on which all other goals must be based,” said Desa Under-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Interinstitutional Affairs Maria-Francesca Spatolisano.

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