UN Women releases sustainable development report
The UN Women has released a report titled ‘Turning Promises into Action: Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,’ which takes stock of the global status of key aspects of the gender equality as a part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that were set by the UN.
The report looks at both the ends (goals and targets) and the means (policies and processes) that are needed to achieve gender equality and sustainable development. With respect to women in India, the report highlights the compounding effect of wealth and location in widening gender gap. It states that in India, a 20-24 year old woman from a poor rural household is over five times as likely to be married before 18 and 5.8 times as likely to become an adolescent mother as one from a rich urban household. As for education, she is over 20 times as likely to have never attended school as compared to her rich urban counterpart. The report also mentions multiple marginalisations that contribute to widening the gender gap, including caste, religion, and class.