Women’s rights are faltering, United Nations says

United Nations — The U.N. on Thursday commemorated 25 years since a world declaration was agreed to in Beijing to advance women’s rights. But progress is faltering, the U.N. says.

“Due to the pandemic, it is estimated that in 2021, 47 million women and girls will be pushed into extreme poverty, bringing the total to 435 million,” the U.N. said in a report adding, “By 2021, for every 100 men aged 25 to 34 living in extreme poverty, there will be 118 women — a gap that is expected to increase to 121 women per 100 men by 2030.”

So, what went wrong? Why are women’s rights not where they were committed to a quarter of a century ago?

France U.N. Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere told reporters on Wednesday: “On women’s rights, the concern is backsliding. When you stop moving forward, you go backward. There is no standstill.”


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