This article is a stark reminder of the harsh reality women all over the world are facing on their quest for equality.
Although recently, there has been a lot in the media about businesses in Britain trying to combat the issue of gender equality in the workplace, in many places around the world gender equality is not improving for women.
I agree with this article that there needs to be greater investment in collecting the data that reveals an accurate picture of what is going on in different places around the world, so that tailored policies and programmes can be developed which can have a hope of making real change
But in the field of global health and development vast blind spots still remain. This is especially true when it comes to even the most basic information on women and girls — where and when they are born, how many hours they work, if and what they get paid, whether they’ve experienced violence, how they die. The hard reality is that in too many areas, data doesn’t exist. What’s more — even where it does exist, it’s often sexist. It misses women and girls entirely, or undercounts and undervalues their economic and social contributions to their families, communities, and countries.