United Nations Study Presents Stark Statistics on Gender Inequality Worldwide

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has issued a new report that finds that “COVID-19 and the backlash against women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are further diminishing the outlook for gender equality. Violence against women remains high; global health, climate, and humanitarian crises have further increased risks of violence, especially for the most vulnerable women and girls; and women feel more unsafe than they did before the pandemic. Women’s representation in positions of power and decision-making remains below parity.

The report provides a list of key indicators on gender inequality including:

  • 380 million women and girls live in conditions of extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 a day.
  • The lack of clean water results in the deaths of 800,000 women and girls each year.
  • One third of women worldwide experienced moderate or extreme food insecurity in 2021.
  • Ten percent of women aged 15-49 were subjected to sexual and/or physical violence by an intimate partner in the previous year.
  • School and daycare closures in 2020 due to the pandemic created an additional 512 billion hours of unpaid childcare for women.
  • Women are one third of managers and supervisers. At the current rate of progress, it will take 140 years to reach gender parity.
  • Women holds only 20 percent of jobs in information and communication technolgy.
  • Women make up 16.5 percent of the people who hold patents.
  • 44 million women and girls have been forced to leave their homes due to climate change or war.
  • Women make up 16 percent of police officers worldwide.

The full report, Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot 2022, may be downloaded here.

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