Gender equality will take 300 years to achieve, says UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Commission on the Status of Women on Monday that progress towards gender equality is “disappearing before our eyes”.

Speaking to the leading UN women’s rights group ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, Guterres said gender equality is “300 years away” according to the latest estimates from UN Women, the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. ” Is.

Guterres cited high rates of maternal mortality, girls forced into early marriage, and girls being abducted and assaulted on their way to school, as evidence that gender equality The hope of achieving is “getting more and more distant”. “Women’s rights are being abused, threatened and violated around the world,” Guterres said, specifically naming some countries, including Afghanistan, where he said “women and girls have been erased from public life.”

Meanwhile, unmarried women are the fastest growing group in the labor market. Yet, as their ranks have risen, so has their pay gap.

A new report from Wells Fargo, released Wednesday, found that the average weekly earnings of the group is 92.1 percent of those who have never been married. The gap has widened from a decade ago, when they did 95.8 percent more work than men.

Overall, women earn about 83 percent more than men in the US, according to the Census Bureau. But given that the motherhood penalty is responsible for such a large portion of the pay gap, Wells Fargo economist Sarah House was surprised by the growing pay gap among single women.

IMF chief on women’s struggle International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva told CNBC that she has always “worked twice as hard” to be equal to her male colleagues.

“I don’t want my daughter and my granddaughter to have to work harder than men,” she told CNBC.


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