The slow progress of women's rights globally

The OECD's Social Inclusion and Gender Index shows underage marriage rates have barely decreased this decade and dozens of nations still legally prioritise men. The index highlights the slow progress of women’s rights since 2012 by comparing 180 countries (although only 120 of them have enough data to be included in the rankings) and evaluating four dimensions of a woman’s life: rights in the family, physical integrity, access to productive and financial assets, and civil rights. The Guardian has published the response of Bathylle Missika, head of the gender division at the OECD’s Development Centre regarding the current state of women’s rights. Missika highlights the importance of combating social norms that accept gender inequality and the importance of countries to enforce legislation and penalties relating to gender rights abuses.

Sonja Duncan