A UN-commissioned report just uncovered some surprising statistics — most women worldwide still face large-scale discrimination. In addition to the fact that 70 percent of the world's poor are women, women also own only 1 percent of the world's titled land. Fifty-three countries still allow rape within marriage.
The inequities know no boundaries, even though we sometimes associate harsher discrimination with more conservative societies. The effects, according to the report, show that women are still discriminated against in almost every country.
The author of the study focused on unjust laws, such as those dealing with divorce, marriage, and maternity benefits, that perpetuate inequality. Even basic laws — like minimum marriage age — if they're set younger for women than for men, can have huge consequences on education and quality of life. The author is calling for the creation of a UN rights investigator as a way to make repealing these laws a top priority.
Do you think extra attention from the UN would help? If you're a women, have you felt impacted by discrimination? Should the UN be focused more on improving conditions for all humans, or should women's issues have some priority?