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Sources: Women's rights are human rights
Problem For centuries, women have been facing educational, legislative, economic and social discrimination on a daily basis. The structural inequality women live with greatly affects their health, well-being and quality of life [1-4,17]. Gender inequality intersects with other factors such as social class, race, ethnicity, religion and age, making the lives of people who live in these intersections even harder [5,6,17]. Violence and discrimination against women ranges from discriminatory regulations and behaviours in public life, harassment on the street to gender-based-violence or femicide [7-9].
Facts & Figures
Women spend three times as many hours as men doing unpaid care work at home .
As of January 2020, representation by women in single or lower houses of national parliaments only reached 24.9 per cent .
WHO figures show that about 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime .
An estimated 80% of 50 million people affected by violent conflicts, civil wars, disasters, and displacement are women and children .
Solution There are a plethora of solutions for women's empowerment. Providing women with direct cash transfers, for example, has proven to have a positive impact on their lives and the local economy . Another important solution is to strengthen legal frameworks that promote women’s rights and to continuously improve laws, policies and judicial capacities to become more gender-equitable [12,13]. For women’s empowerment in the workplace, solutions include promoting the professional development of women, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women, and using community initiatives [14,15].