Covid has eroded the gender progress of the last 25 years – bodily autonomy is still a human right

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April 19, 2021

Covid has eroded the gender progress of the last 25 years – bodily autonomy is still a human right

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The pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on women and girls' access to sexual and reproductive health services, writes Asa RegnerTabata Tesser and Luna

A quarter of a century ago, a historic moment for the rights of women and girls took place. More than 180 countries came together to take part in the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, signing a pledge – The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – to take bold, strategic action on gender inequality. It was a watershed moment, a blueprint for progress to come.

The world of today looks very different than it did at the turn of the century, but the fight is far from over. Despite committing to widespread change, no single country today can say that it has achieved gender equality. Women and girls continue to be subject to discriminatory laws and policies, are chronically underrepresented in positions of power and leadership, and according to the World Health Organisation as many as one in three women and girls have experienced physical or sexual violence.

Click here to read the full article published by The Independent on 7 April 2021.

Author: 
Åsa Regnér, Tabata Tesser, Luna
Publisher: 
The Independent
Publication year: 
2021
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Partner: 
UN Women