“ensuring Equality: Gender-specific Aspects Of Insurance Benefits In Europe” – A new global analysis of progress on gender equality and women’s rights shows that women and girls are disproportionately affected by the socio-economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, with disproportionate loss of jobs and livelihoods, disruptions to education and increased burdens of unpaid work. They are affected by what they are dealing with. The work of women’s health care nurses, who were underfunded even before the pandemic, faced significant disruptions that affected women’s sexual and reproductive health. And while women are playing a central role in the response to COVID-19, including as frontline health workers, they continue to be overlooked in the leadership positions that belong to them.

The latest report by UN Women, in collaboration with UN DESA, Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: Gender Snapshot 2021, provides the latest data on gender equality in all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The report highlights progress since 2015, but also concerns ongoing about the COVID-19 pandemic, its immediate impact on women’s well-being and the threat it poses to future generations.

“ensuring Equality: Gender-specific Aspects Of Insurance Benefits In Europe”

We break down some of the report’s findings and call for action to accelerate progress.

In Focus: Women And The Sustainable Development Goals (sdgs): Sdg 5: Gender Equality

A year and a half since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, its impact on the poorest and most vulnerable continues to be devastating and disproportionate. The combined effects of conflict, extreme weather events and COVID-19 have deprived women and girls of even their basic needs such as food security. Without urgent action to prevent the rise of poverty, hunger and inequality, especially in countries affected by conflict and other acute forms of crisis, millions of people will continue to suffer.

In 2021, extreme poverty is on the rise and progress towards its eradication has been reversed. About 435 million women and girls worldwide live in extreme poverty.

If governments implemented a comprehensive strategy to improve access to education and family planning, achieve equal pay and expand social transfers, they could lift more than 150 million women and girls out of poverty by 2030.

The global gender gap in food security has widened dramatically during the pandemic, with more women and girls going hungry. Food insecurity was 10% higher among women than men in 2020, compared to 6% in 2019.

The Equality Conundrum

Including by supporting small-scale female producers, who typically earn far less than men, through more funding, training and land rights reforms.

Disruption of essential health services due to COVID-19 is taking a tragic toll on women and girls. In the first year of the epidemic, there were an estimated 1.4 million additional unintended pregnancies in low- and middle-income countries.

The pandemic response must prioritize sexual and reproductive health services and ensure they continue to function safely now and long after the pandemic is over. In addition, additional support is needed to ensure that life-saving personal protective equipment, tests, oxygen, and especially vaccines are available in rich and poor countries, as well as to vulnerable populations within countries.

A year and a half after the start of the epidemic, schools are partially or completely closed in 42% of the countries and regions of the world. Closing schools means a loss of opportunities for girls and increases the risk of violence, exploitation and early marriage.

Gender Equality, Diversity And Social Inclusion — Pasai

Actions specifically aimed at supporting girls to return to school are needed, including actions targeting girls from marginalized communities who are most at risk.

This epidemic tested and even reversed the progress made in expanding women’s rights and opportunities. Reports of violence against women and girls, the “shadow” epidemic of Covid-19, are on the rise in many parts of the world. Covid-19 also increases the workload of women at home, forcing many to drop out of the workforce altogether.

Moving forward in a different and better way requires putting women and girls at the heart of all aspects of response and recovery, including through laws, policies and gender budgeting.

In 2018, nearly 2.3 billion people lived in water-affected countries. Without safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and menstrual hygiene, it is more difficult for women and girls to lead safe, productive and healthy lives.

Gender Equity Starts In The Home

Connect with those most affected by water management processes, including women. The voice of women is being lost in water management processes.

The growing demand for clean energy and low-carbon solutions has created an unprecedented transformation in the energy sector. But women are left out. Only 32% of renewable energy jobs are held by women.

Expose girls to STEM education earlier, provide training and support for women entering the energy sector, close the wage gap and strengthen women’s leadership in the energy sector.


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