New report on how to make gender equality a reality

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UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri speaking at the launch event for UN Women’s flagship report in New York, earlier this year. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

A new report has been launched by the UN agency for gender equality, UN Women, which discusses how to transform economies to realize women's rights.

The study entitled "Progress of the World's Women" unveils new policies to make gender equality a reality.

It calls on the global community to imagine that at the current pace of progress, a girl born today will be an 81 year-old grandmother before she has the same chance as a man to be at the head of a company.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Why aren't the global and local economies working for women? –is one of the questions UN Women's latest report is highlighting.

The UN Entity for Gender Equality explains that throughout the world, including in Pakistan where the report was launched, there is evidence that girls are routinely outperforming boys in mathematics, and reading.

Yet the irony, the agency says, is that globally, across the region and in Pakistan, women are struggling to find work.

"Progress of the World's Women" documents the ways in which current economic and social policies are failing women in rich and poor countries alike, and asks what the economy would look like if it truly worked for women.

It also investigates what this failure means and proposes solutions.

UN Women says the report makes the case that the economic agenda it outlines would not only create fairer societies; it would also create new sectors of employment.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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