The United Nation’s Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has said that a review of women’s rights shows that no country has achieved gender equality.
This was contained in a report “Women’s Rights in Review” obtained from the United Nation’s website.
The report took stock of how the landmark gender equality plan, the Beijing Platform for Action, is being implemented and calls for greater parity and justice, 25 years after it was first drafted.
The review highlights a lack of effective action to boost women’s representation in key decision-making and warns that the Platform will never be realized if all women and girls are not acknowledged and prioritized.
The UN Chief maintained that “equality isn’t just one-quarter of the seats at the tables of power” and that is the current reality of women’s representation, across the board”.
“Men hold 75 per cent of all parliamentary seats, 73 per cent of managerial positions, and make up 70 per cent of climate negotiators as well as most peacemaking roles.”
“Only half is an equal share and only equal is enough”, stressed Ngcuka.
Women’s Rights in Review, 25 years after Beijing takes stock of how the landmark gender equality plan, the Beijing Platform for Action, is being implemented and calls for greater parity and justice.
The report finds faltering progress and notes that hard-won advances are being reversed by rampant inequality, climate change, conflict and exclusionary politics.
“2020 presents an unprecedented opportunity to turn things around for current and future generations of women and girls”. She said.