There is still no place or part of life where girls and women are treated equally. Across the globe, gender inequality remains enshrined in laws, norms, and policies, pervading every sphere of daily life.
Ahead of International Women’s Day 2022, the United Nations Foundation surveyed the latest research on discriminatory laws, policies, and norms globally from some of the world’s most authoritative sources, including UN Women and the World Bank.
We rounded up 50 of the most egregious, absurd, and discriminatory examples that show how girls and women across the globe are being denied full equality.
of countries limit women’s right to own property.
countries have not enacted legislation to address domestic violence.
of countries still restrict women’s freedom of movement.
countries do not consider women’s testimony to carry the same evidentiary weight in court as men’s.
- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Former President of Liberia
countries do not legally provide equal pay for work of equal value.
countries require women to have their husband’s permission to work outside the home.
Global 500 companies are led by women — an all-time high.
women were serving as Heads of State and/or Government in 24 countries as of September 2021. At the current rate, it will take another 130 years to reach gender equality in the highest positions of power.
- Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan
of stories in traditional media were reported by women in 2020.
of science, technology, engineering, and mathematic students in higher education globally are women.
- Sima Bahous
Under-Secretary-General of the UN and UN Women Executive Director
Girls and women won’t be equal anywhere until they are equal everywhere.
Understanding how laws, policies, and norms are holding women back is a key first step to taking action.
Want to learn more? Explore the full collection of facts about the ways in which gender discrimination continues to hold back girls and women in every part of life.