Equality and empowerment of women… impressive results or terrifying introductions? (4)

In the previous article, we presented from this series of methodology that the United Nations is following in implementing the sustainable development goals, including the goal of gender equality and the empowerment of women, which requires member states to work with them, and to amend their laws, regulations and policies to comply with the requirements of achieving full equality between men and women and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against them. In this article, whose predecessors were known as “The Death of James Bond”; Take a look at the achievements of the United Nations in this field so far.

26 female heads of state and government, 21% of world ministers, 25% of members of national parliaments, 36% of members of government councils, 49% of participants in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and 31 countries legalize same-sex marriage.

Noticeable progress, but not enough!

On the occasion of entering the New Year, the United Nations Organization for Women tweeted on its Twitter page, saying: The year 2022 has begun and no country has achieved gender equality, but is not close to it. “Let’s put women’s rights on the agenda and ask world leaders to advance them for the benefit of women and girls,” she addressed the world. This tweet does not mean the failure of previous efforts to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women, but rather comes within the framework of accelerating steps to reach the goal of full equality before 2030; The organization’s efforts for equality and empowerment of women achieved – until last September – remarkable progress at the world level, and in various fields, for example, its participation at the level of leadership and political participation, until last September:

  • 26 women in 24 countries serve as heads of state and/or head of government, of which 10 have a female head of state, and 13 countries have a female head of government.
  • 21% hold ministers in countries around the world, and it reached 50% or more in 14 countries, with an annual increase of 0.52%.
  • In national parliaments worldwide, 25%, and reached 50% or more in 4 countries so far, and exceeded 40% in 19 other countries, compared to 11% in 1995.
  • 36% of elected members of local councils and governments, 50% in two countries so far, and 40% or more in 18 other countries.

In the report of the United Nations Organization for Women issued on December 27, entitled “16 Defining Moments for Gender Equality in 2021”; The United Nations Women Organization presented the most important achievements in the field of equality and empowerment this year, and the following are the highlights of it:

  1. Domain of Power and Politics:

  • Electing or appointing women in 8 countries to head the state or government, among them Najla Ramadan, the Tunisian Prime Minister, as the first precedent of its kind in the Arab countries.
  • The high rate of participation in the government, as it reached 70% in Albania, and 50% in Germany, and it took the position of Vice President of the Republic for the first time in the United States.
  • She assumed the position of head of the World Trade Organization for the first time at the age of 26 years. In addition to the position of Vice President of the organization.
  • She held the position of Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria for the first time

2. Laws and Policies

  • Spain strengthens rape laws, approves bill defining all types of non-consensual sex as rape, in a move aimed at addressing survivors and toughening penalties for perpetrators, joining 11 other European countries that have expanded their legal definition of rape, and the bill reclassifies street sexual harassment Female circumcision is a crime punishable by imprisonment.
  • Lebanon is making progress towards ending child marriage, and is passing new legislation banning the marriage of children under the age of 15, with a recommendation to ensure that the age is not less than 18.

According to the United Nations, a human being is a child under the age of 18, and it seeks to end child marriage (in any form) as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Switzerland announces that same-sex couples will be able to marry or convert their registered partnerships into a state marriage, after a popular vote in which 64.1% supported same-sex marriage, and Chile joined in December, becoming the 31st country to consider same-sex marriage legal While 69 countries still have laws criminalizing homosexuality, the United Nations is working to change the position of these countries.
  • Several promising moves to decriminalize same-sex partnerships: Angola signed an amended penal code to allow same-sex relationships and ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, and a Japanese court ruled in March that the government’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

3. Science and technology

  • Women and girls have been on the front lines of the response to the Corona pandemic, and they have been pioneers in research and innovation, and vaccine deployments have increased worldwide thanks to many female scientists and experts, according to the WHO report.
  • The Nasdaq electronic stock exchange is setting a new policy that requires the boards of directors of the companies in which it is traded, which is about 3,000 companies, to include at least one of the women and the sexual (perverse) who are known as (LGBTIQ).
  • The World Health Organization honors Henrietta Lacks, a black American woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951, but the cells taken from her have been marketed and distributed worldwide, and have contributed to nearly 75,000 studies.

4. Sports

  • Nearly 49% of the athletes participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were women, making it the most gender-balanced Games in history, according to the report.

5. Arts and entertainment

  • Chloe Chow, the first woman of color and the first woman of Asian descent, to win an Oscar for Best Director. The Golden Globes also recognized the achievements of 3 women who were nominated in the Best Director category.
  • The Dutch Rijksmusem in Amsterdam announces for the first time in its 200-year history that 3 paintings by 17th-century women artists will be on permanent display.
  • The Danish company LEGO has announced an end to gender bias in its games, including stopping the use of “for girls” or “boys” game posters.

6. Work leadership

  • The “Generation Equality Forum” launched last March in Mexico, and concluded its work in the Paris Forum in July, between government activists, civil society, philanthropy, the private sector and youth; It launches a 5-year journey of action to drive progress toward gender equality, with $40 billion in investments, as well as commitments, and ambitious policies and programmes.
  • Maria Ressa, along with Dmitriy Muratov, received the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for her work protecting freedom of expression and her contribution as a journalist and writer to exposing abuses of power in the Philippines. Risa is the 18th woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize since its establishment in 1901, and the first woman from the Philippines.

It is noteworthy that the number of women who won the Nobel Prize in various fields has so far reached 58 women compared to 876 men.

  • Many Afghan women took to the streets last August to protest the Taliban’s actions against women, and a delegation traveled to New York to participate in a series of high-level events and meetings at United Nations Headquarters on the sidelines of the Security Council’s open debate on women, peace and security, where the delegation called – which includes parliamentarians, women’s rights advocates, journalists, civil society leaders and researchers – to women’s full and equal participation in humanitarian assistance, peace efforts and governance in Afghanistan.

The remarkable progress in the field of gender equality and the empowerment of women does not stop there. There are many changes, events and daily activities that were not monitored by reports, and we are witnessing their repercussions in our daily lives in Arab and Islamic countries, due to the great efforts and pressures that have taken place worldwide in the past three decades on In particular, however, the United Nations and those with it seek to eliminate complete differences between the sexes, and to fully empower women equally with men in all fields and fields. Rather, it seeks to go beyond that, to end gender bisexuality from the ground up, as it expressed in the One of her slogans is “Let’s eliminate gender roles from the ground up”, launching many rhetorical slogans that tantalize emotions and inflame passions, such as “Gender equality for international stability in the future” and “Empowering women empowers humanity.”

Shall we applaud this progress and these achievements, and rush to the full realization of the goal without thinking about the motives behind it and its implications? Or are they terrifying introductions to a dire reality that is about to explode?

It follows… (Intellectual foundations and their motives)


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