Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and thus also half of its potential.

Yet, gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress.

Although there have been improvements, many challenges remain.

Achieving full human potential and sustainable development is not possible if half of humanity continues to be denied all human rights and opportunities. Women and girls must enjoy equal access to quality education, economic resources, and political participation, as well as equal opportunities with men and boys for employment, leadership, and decision-making at all levels.

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

It would take another 40 years

for women and men to be represented equally in national political leadership at the current pace

Women’s share in national parliaments

2015 22.4%
2022 26.2%

Gender-responsive budgeting needs to be strengthened

Proportion of countries with systems to track gender-budget allocations (2018-2021)


Comprehensive systems


Some features of a system


Lacking minimum elements of such a system

Women accounted for

Of total employment in 2019


Of global employment losses in 2020

More than 1 in 4 women

(15+ years)

Have suffered intimate partner violence (641 million) at least once in their lifetime


of women (15-49 years)

Are making their own informed decisions on sex and reproductive health care

(64 countries, 2007-2021)

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