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Gender Social Norms Index 2020

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  • Published
    21st Mar, 2020

Context

Recently, the 1st edition of 'Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI) 2020' was released by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

 

Background:

  • GSNI 2020: The 1st edition of 'Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI 2020)' was released by UNDP, in an attempt to tackle gender norms which eventually are a broad contributor to gender inequalities.
    • The report commemorates the 25th anniversary of adoption of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25). 
  • No country has yet achieved gender equality: Gender disparities are a persistent form of inequality in every country. Despite remarkable progress in some areas, no country in the world— rich or poor— has achieved gender equality.
    • Women and girls are still discriminated against in health, in education, at home and in the labour market— with negative repercussions for their freedoms.
    • There are unaccounted and unmeasurable burdens that women face: Double shift at home, harassment in public transportation, discrimination in workplaces, and multiple other such hidden constraints.
  • It is a long road ahead: According to the report, the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030. Overall progress in gender inequality has been slowing in recent years. Based on current trends, it would take 257 years to close the gender gap in economic opportunity.
  • Gender inequality is a matter of concern: Gender inequality is correlated with a loss in human development due to inequality.
    • Gender inequality translates into other areas of human development, threatening progress across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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