Russian Federation


José Andrés Rodríguez
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

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Topic area: Gender Discrimination

“Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women” (Leo Tolstoy) and despite the international community’s efforts to mitigate violations of women’s rights, women share an endless repetition of unequal treatment in all corners of the world. Gender discrimination brings significant losses in potential economic output. A higher level of gender inequality in developing countries cannot be solely explained by underdevelopment itself. Society-specific factors play a key role in instituting stereotypes and implicit cultural norms.

In the past century, the first gender comprehensive milestone on women’s rights was the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Since that day, the struggle to achieve gender equality was widespread around every state’s policy agenda, but has it been enough? The proportion of economically active women is 25.77 % of the world’s population (1.92 billion)[1]. However, roughly 48.67 % of them are currently working[2].