“Giant Leap” Needed to Close Gender Gap
Content by: South-South News
8 March 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — Ahead of International Women’s Day, an official from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) said “a giant leap” is needed in order to close the equal pay and income gaps.
Speaking to reporters in New York, Lakshmi Puri, the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, said the equal pay gap stands at “23 percent at the least, and in some countries it is even bigger, and in some sectors it is even bigger.”
On the income gap, she said, “one tenth of the global income women have, and they do two thirds of the world’s work in terms of the hours they spent.”
Puri said governments and other stakeholders should be held accountable “on implementing what is a comprehensive, transformative, universal commitment that has been made to gender’s equality and women’s human rights.”
The UN official commented on the United States’ travel ban affecting six countries in Africa and the Middle East and how it will affect the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women annual session to be held in New York.
Puri said, “I would expect that since this is a UN host country and the CSW is being held here, it would be only expected that all those who are, for example in the case of civil society, all those who are in consultative status with the ECOSOC, from all countries, will be allowed and will be given a visa.”
The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”