The United Nations (UN) has called for targeted investments in education, employment, training and decent work for women to facilitate the advancement of women in all disciplines.
In a statement to commemorate International Women’s Day, shared with the Ghana News Agency, the UN said, “the time for women’s rights is rolling back.”
He said that although women play a crucial role in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, women and girls “have been the first to lose their jobs or schooling, take on more unpaid care work and dealing with skyrocketing levels of domestic and cyber violence and child marriage.”
The UN has warned that the situation could push more women into poverty, with their health care sacrificed and their educational opportunities curtailed.
“The pandemic has brought into even sharper relief an age-old truth: the roots of patriarchy run deep. We still live in a male dominated world with a male dominated culture,” he said.
“As we look to the future, a sustainable and equal recovery for all is only possible if it is a feminist recovery – a recovery that puts progress for girls and women at its centre” , he added.
International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day also marks a call to action to accelerate women’s equality.
The UN has said there is a need to create a sustainable feminist recovery centered on and led by women and girls.
He said women should be at the forefront of the 400 million jobs targeted under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“When the world invests in expanding opportunities for women and girls, all of humanity benefits. For reasons of justice, equality, morality and common sense, we must advance things when it comes to women’s rights,” he said.
The UN has called for investments in economic recovery centered on women, including debt relief and fairer tax systems that channel “some of the world’s huge pockets of wealth to those who need it the most.” need”.
He said the world needs more women in government and business, including finance ministers and CEOs, developing and implementing green and socially progressive policies that benefit the public.
He said having more women in parliaments would help strengthen climate commitments and increase levels of investment in health care and education.
“We need political progress through targeted measures that ensure equal leadership and representation of women at all levels of political decision-making, through bold gender quotas.
“Gender inequality is fundamentally about power. Uprooting centuries of patriarchy requires that power be shared equally among all institutions, at all levels,” he said.