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International Women’s Day 2020 – New Research Shows Both Progress and Gaps

International Women's Day -- March 8 -- is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for gender equality.

In two separate reports issued this week by UN Women and Equal Measures 2030 we learn that the work to advance gender equality is far from finished.

The UN Women report shares six cross-cutting areas where governments and stakeholders should focus efforts to realize gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women:

  • Inclusive economies and decent work
  • Poverty eradication and wellbeing, including strengthening women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Freedom from violence, stigma, and stereotypes
  • Participation, accountability, and institutions
  • Peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Climate action and environmental sustainability

These reports add to the mounting evidence that a more gender-equal world is possible if we invest in girls and women. Decision-makers should seize this new evidence and the current spotlight to make bigger, bolder commitments and take strong action towards advancing gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Not in another 25 years, but now,” says Katja Iversen, President and CEO of Women Deliver.

Click here to read key findings and to access the full text of both reports.

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