The situation of women has improved, but a gender inequality market persists, study reveals

20 October 2015

A new UN report revealed that the lives of women and girls have improved considerably in various fields over the past 20 years.

The document Women in the World 2015, released today by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), offers the most recent figures on the situation of women and men in eight key policy areas identified in the platform of Beijing.

Presenting the study, Lenni Montiel, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, recalled that the launch coincides with World Statistics Day, which this year has the slogan “Better Data. Better Lives ”.

“It is the sixth such report in a 30-year period. Before these, there was nothing related to gender statistics, or information related to women. Today we are celebrating 30 years of gender statistics, ”he said.

Montiel vowed that the material would be useful to politicians, agencies, scientists, and government institutions in their efforts to ensure that every woman enjoys her human rights and can reach her full potential.

Among other data, the study affirms that women today live longer lives, benefit from better access to education and are more independent. Life expectancy worldwide has reached 72 years for women and 68 for men.

On the other hand, it points out that gender-based violence and child marriage persist and that onerous domestic obligations continue to fall on women.

Only 50% of working-age women are in the workforce, compared to 70% of men.

With regard to leadership positions, the study indicates that in most societies women still do not have the same possibilities of making themselves heard as men, both in the public and private spheres. Only 19 women are heads of state, a slight improvement compared to the 12 who held that position in 1995.

South America and Sub-Saharan Africa are the regions with the most outstanding results in this indicator.

20 October 2015

A new UN report revealed that the lives of women and girls have improved considerably in various fields over the past 20 years.

The document Women in the World 2015, released today by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), offers the most recent figures on the situation of women and men in eight key policy areas identified in the platform of Beijing.

Presenting the study, Lenni Montiel, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, recalled that the launch coincides with World Statistics Day, which this year has the slogan “Better Data. Better Lives ”.

“It is the sixth such report in a 30-year period. Before these, there was nothing related to gender statistics, or information related to women. Today we are celebrating 30 years of gender statistics, ”he said.

Montiel vowed that the material would be useful to politicians, agencies, scientists, and government institutions in their efforts to ensure that every woman enjoys her human rights and can reach her full potential.

Among other data, the study affirms that women today live longer lives, benefit from better access to education and are more independent. Life expectancy worldwide has reached 72 years for women and 68 for men.

On the other hand, it points out that gender-based violence and child marriage persist and that onerous domestic obligations continue to fall on women.

Only 50% of working-age women are in the workforce, compared to 70% of men.

With regard to leadership positions, the study indicates that in most societies women still do not have the same possibilities of making themselves heard as men, both in the public and private spheres. Only 19 women are heads of state, a slight improvement compared to the 12 who held that position in 1995.

South America and Sub-Saharan Africa are the regions with the most outstanding results in this indicator.