A UN Women report has found faltering progress with Gender Equality across the world, as countries continue to observe commemorative events for International Women’s Day 2020 (IWD 2020).

The report also notes that hard-won advances are being reversed by rampant inequality, climate change, conflict and exclusionary politics.

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: “No country has achieved gender equality…” (Image by UN Women)

The review highlights a lack of effective action to boost women’s representation in key decision-making and warns that the Platform will never be realized if all women and girls are not acknowledged and prioritized.

“The review of women’s rights shows that despite some progress, no country has achieved gender equality”, said UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Maintaining that “equality isn’t just one-quarter of the seats at the tables of power”, she said, however, that was “the current reality of women’s representation, across the board”.

Men hold 75 per cent of all parliamentary seats, 73 per cent of managerial positions, and make up 70 per cent of climate negotiators, as well as most peace-making roles.

“Only half is an equal share and only equal is enough”, stressed the UN Women chief.

On Saturday 7 March, Trinidad and Tobago will have its own major observance of IWD 2020 with the annual Women’s Rights Rally at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

The rally will begin at 2:00 pm, and feature speeches by leaders in the local women’s rights movement. The organisers also emphasise that the event will be wheelchair accessible, and sign-language translation will be provided for the hearing impaired.