Unchecked inequality, failure to protect the rights of poorest women could threaten unrest, undermine peace and world’s development goals, a new United Nations Population Fund report warns.
In its study, the UNPF, said only about half of the world’s women hold paid jobs.
Globally, women earn 77 percent of what men get.
Three in five women worldwide lack maternity leave, many pay “motherhood penalty.”
Unless inequality is urgently tackled and the poorest women empowered to make their own decisions about their lives, countries could face unrest and threats to peace and to their development goals, according to the UNPF report published on Wednesday.