South Asia: Parliamentarians need to step it up for gender equality

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South Asia: Parliamentarians need to step it up for gender equality

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“STEP IT UP for gender equality” was one among the many commitments renewed at the South Asian Speakers Summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation, convened by the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Sri Lanka’s Parliament in Colombo, July 11-12, 2018.

South Asia ranks second-lowest on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index. Women’s mean labor force participation rate is 40 percent and national parliamentary representation ranges from 5.8 to 29.5 percent.

This is essentially due to gendered roles and norms privileging men in the public sphere of governance and economy, over women in the privacy of domesticity, where women’s unpaid care-work mediates the low value of all their work, and relative exclusion from development. Private and public violence against women and girls is pervasive, demonstrating male power and control.

Click here to read the full article published by News Deeply on 19 July 2018.

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