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The state of women’s leadership in 5 statistics

By | Victoria Masterson |

  • UN report “The World’s Women: Trends and Statistics” shows disappointing progress on gender equality.
  • Women need to have a more prominent role in power and decision-making, it finds.
  • Gender parity is fundamental to the success of economies and societies, according to the World Economic Forum’s “Global Gender Gap Report.”

No country has achieved gender equality, and the glass ceiling remains intact. This is the warning from the United Nations in its 2020 edition of “The World’s Women: Trends and Statistics.”

“Women are far from having an equal voice to men,” says Liu Zhenmin, chief of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), although attitudes of discrimination are “slowly changing”.

It has been 25 years since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, when 189 governments committed to the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights.

Called the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, it made comprehensive commitments under 12 critical areas of concern, including women in power and decision-making, women and the economy and women and poverty.

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