Category Archives: Discrimination against women — gender inequality
Discrimination against women occurs throughout the world in politics and law, the economy, and in social customs and attitudes. In politics and law, women have only 25 percent of parliamentary seats worldwide and laws in many countries continue to institutionalize second class status for women and girls with regard to nationality and citizenship, health, education, marital rights, employment rights, parental rights, inheritance and property rights. In the economy, there is a gender pay gap in almost all countries and top jobs are typically held by men. Social customs still harm women, as manifest in the prevalence of violence against women, with 18 percent of women with partners reporting sexual and/or physical violence in the most recent 12 months (UN Women). See the UN’s Gender Inequality Index for a measure of gender inequality in the countries of the world. Also see Discrimination: race – gender – ethnic – religious – class on this website.
Ethiopia escalates fight against its powerful Tigray regionDeclan Walsh and Simon MarksNew York Times November 5, 2020 Clashes broke out between the federal military forces and local security units in the northern region of Tigray, where the ruling party has defied the authority of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
Women’s unpaid labor is worth $10,900,000,000,000Gus Wezerek and Kristen R. GhodseeNew York Times March 5, 2020 Imagine you had a bucket big enough to hold all the money made in 2018 by the 50 biggest companies in the world. The $10.9 trillion that women didn’t earn would more than fill it.
Gender Development Index 2018United Nations Development Program “The GDI measures gender gaps in human development achievements by accounting for disparities between women and men in three basic dimensions of human development—health, knowledge and living standards using the same component indicators as in the HDI…. It is a direct measure of gender gap showing the female HDI as a percentage of the male HDI.”
The Committee to Protect Journalists tracks Journalists killed, missing and imprisoned under CPI Data. There were 50 journalists killed during 2019, with 64 missing and 250 imprisoned at the end of 2019, according to their records. CPJ Alerts reported over 380 specific attacks on journalists and publications in 2019.
Many firms in developed countries, countries which have significant worker protections, contract out parts or all of their production to contractors in developing countries, where labor protections are much less. Here is an example. Made for next to nothing. Worn by you?Elizabeth PatonNew York Times February 6, 2019