Progress of the World's Women 2019-2020

Families in a Changing World

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The 2019 edition of Progress of the World’s Women is an extensive assessment of the reality of families today. The report brings together global, regional and national data, and in-depth analysis about core issues of concern, including family laws, income and employment, unpaid care work, violence against women, and families and migration, among others. This landmark report proposes a comprehensive agenda for laws, economic and social policies, and public action to ensure gender equality within families and to accelerate women’s rights and empowerment, which benefits us all.



When home is where harm is

While families can be havens of cooperation, solidarity and love, too often they are sites of significant danger and harm for women and girls. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most prevalent and systemic human rights violations in the world, often described as a pandemic. Women and girls are subject to different forms of violence from family members across their lives, with widespread experiences of abuse during childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Some 30 per cent of women worldwide who have ever been in a relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner over their lifetime.


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