March 8, the UN alarm: 3 centuries are needed for gender equality

The progress that has been made in the past decades on women’s rights around the world “is fading before our eyes”. The alarm was launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres. “Gender equality is increasingly distant. Based on the current path, UN Women estimates that it is 300 years away,” she said in a speech to the General Assembly ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, kicking off two weeks of Commission-led discussions on the status of “Women’s rights are being abused, threatened and violated all over the world,” she added, listing a series of crises: maternal mortality, girls being excluded from school, caregivers work is denied and girls forced into early marriages.

The main topics of the meeting

In fact, as every year in March, the meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) opened yesterday to address the inequalities, violence and discrimination that women continue to face around the world. On the agenda of the meeting, which will end on March 17, women’s limited access to technology, disproportionate online violence, under-representation and gender bias in technology industries. Indeed, there is growing evidence that the discrimination, abuse and misogyny that women face in the physical world are reflected in the virtual world.