UN Women Launch Flagship Report On Gender Rights

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By;  MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

UN Women’s report which highlighted female gender rights issues in Nigeria will be launched on 14th February, 2018.

The launching of the flagship report of the UN Women which is titled, “Turning Promises Into Action:  Gender Equality In The 2030 Agenda” will take place at the Japan Society, New York.

Speakers at the event include Adebayo Olukoshi, Regional Director for Africa and West Asia, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).

A news release issued by UN Women Nigeria Office highlighted the conted of the report.  “Some Nigeria-focused information on the report uncovers the yawing gaps between women and girls, who within the same country, are living in worlds apart because of their income status, race/ethnicity, where they live.

“In Nigeria, low income rural woman of Hausa ethnicity is eight times as likely to be married before the age of 18 as a high-income urban woman of Yoruba ethnicity,” the organization wrote in the news release.

According to it, the report showed the impact of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the lives of women and girls.

“A girl who is born into a poor household and forced into early marriage, for example, is more likely to drop out of school, give birth at an early age, suffer complications during childbirth and experience violence—all SDGs targets—than a girl from a higher-income household who marries at a later age. It puts forth recommendations on how to tackle the existing structural inequalities and what is needed to move from promises to action,” the report narrated.

Highlights from the report include:Data snapshots and case studies that take an in-depth look at the United States, Colombia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa and Uruguay; Analysis beyond national averages to uncover the yawning gaps between women and girls who, even within the same country such as the United States, are living in worlds apart, because of their income status, race/ethnicity, or where they live; andWide-ranging, concrete recommendations to move SDG implementation, including the roll-out of integrated approaches that leverage policy synergies.

The report looks at two specific areas; unpaid care work and ending violence against women, where urgent action is needed

Speakers at the event include: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women,Shahra Razavi, Chief of the Research and Data Section of UN Women and report lead author, Fernando Filgueira, Senior Researcher at Centro Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Igualdad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC), Argentina, and Associate Researcher at Centro de Informaciones y Estudios del Uruguay (ESU).

Others are, Gita Sen, Distinguished Professor & Director, Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity and Social Determinants of Health, Public Health Foundation of India, and Adjunct Professor, Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University and Nermeen Shaik, Producer and co-host of Democracy Now! (Moderator).

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