2021 marks the year of “gender neutrality”

Women reaching the highest level of decision making –In 2021, 8 countries have elected or sworn their first Women head of the state or Government, including Estonia, Tanzania, etc.

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2021 marks as the year of “gender neutrality”

As 2021 ended, UN Women in its recent features has celebrated Sixteen defining moments for gender equality in 2021.  Reminiscing every small and big stride towards gender equality in 2021, here are the notable mentions:

POWER AND POLITICS

  1. Women reaching the highest level of decision making – In 2021, 8 countries have elected or sworn their first Women head of the state or Government, including Estonia, Tanzania, Samoa, Uganda, Tunisia, Barbados, Sweden. Germany got its first gender-equal cabinet and Iraq and Kosovo exceeded their gender quota Parliament. Kamala Harris took the office as U S.A’s first black-women Vice President in January.
  2. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala becomes the first woman and first African to lead the World Trade Organization

LAWS AND POLICY

  1. Spain approved a bill defining all non-consensual sex as rape- The bill also reclassifies street harassment and female genital mutilation as criminal offenses and introduces imprisonment for work-related sexual harassment.
  2. Lebanon makes progress towards ending child marriage The new legislation bans the marriage of children under the age of 15 and stipulates those girls must give their consent to marry, or else the marriage can be annulled.
  3. Marriage equality advances around the world- Switzerland, Chile has legalized same-sex marriage, while Angola signed into law a revised penal code to allow same-sex relationships and ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
  4. Chile sets a new gender equality standard in constitutional drafting. An overwhelming 79 percent of Chileans voted in favor of a constitutional assembly with gender parity.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  1. Women continue leading COVID-19 research and response- From teenager Amika Chebrolu’s research on the lead molecule to selectively bind to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 and inhibit the virus, to the critical research pioneered by women researchers like Kizzmekia Corbett, Katalin Karikó, Özlem Türeci, and others.
  2. New Nasdaq policy requires diversity on company boards- A new policy requires that the roughly 3.000 companies publicly traded through Nasdaq, the US-owned electronic stock exchange, have at least one woman on their board of directors.
  3. Recognizing the contributions of Henrietta Lacks- World Health Organization honored the legacy of Henrietta Lacks, a Black American woman, and mother, who died of cervical cancer in 1951, but cells taken from her, without her knowledge or consent, were commercialized and distributed around the world.

SPORTS

  1. The most gender-equal Olympics- Tokyo 2020 Olympics kicked off on 23 July 2021 with almost 49 percent of participating athletes being women, making it the most gender-balanced Games in history.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

  1. Women directors finally get more recognition- Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color and the first woman of Asian descent to earn the best director at the Academy Awards.
  2. A Dutch museum permanently features women artists- the Rijksmusem in Amsterdam announced that three 17th century paintings by women artists will be placed on permanent display.
  3. Lego announces the end of gender bias in their toys- the Danish company announced they’ll take steps towards removing gender bias in their toys and marketing, including stopping the use of labeling toys ‘for girls’ or ‘for boys’.

WOMEN LEADING ACTIONS

  1. Generation Equality Forum sets a course to accelerate action- The Generation Equality Forum brought together governments, civil society, philanthropy, private sector, and youth activists and launched a five-year action journey to drive progress towards gender equality.
  2. Maria Ressa wins Nobel Peace Prize- Maria Ressa, alongside Dmitry Muratov, was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in safeguarding freedom of expression.
  3. Afghan women speak truth to power- many Afghan women took to the streets in protest against the Taliban Government that banned girls from going to school and women from working.

Source – UN Women

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