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It would take nearly three centuries to achieve gender equality – UN

It would take nearly three centuries to achieve gender equality – UN

United Nations, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) If current rate of progress continues, it could take nearly 300 years to achieve gender equality, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) inquiry on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while adding it will take up to 286 years to close gaps in legal protection and eliminate discriminatory laws.

It would also take 140 years to achieve equal representation in positions of power and leadership in the workplace, and at least four decades to achieve equal representation in national parliaments.

DESA also warns that, to eradicate child marriage by 2030, progress must be 17 times faster than it has been over the past decade.

The report pointed out how disparities are exacerbated by a number of challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, violent conflict and setbacks in sexual and reproductive health and rights.

If current situations continue, SDGs´ target five which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030 will not be met.

Similarly, due to inaction, legal systems that do not ban violence against women or protect their rights within marriage and in the family could continue to exist for many more generations.

The document also estimated some 383 million women will live in abject poverty by the end of 2022, and recalled how they lost $800 billion in income during 2020 due to the pandemic.

Other problems faced by women are the overload of domestic and unpaid care work, restrictions on access to safe abortions and food insecurity in conflict zones.

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