Progress of the world’s women 2019–2020: Families in a changing world

Authors/editor(s): UN Women

The world is rapidly changing. Families, and the role of women and girls within them, are also changing. Today, there is no ‘standard’ family form, nor has there ever been. In order for laws and policies to support families and meet the needs of all their members, they must evolve and adapt. Progress of the World’s Women assesses the scale and scope of transformations in family life and their implications for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Drawing on the best available data from around the world, this report proposes a comprehensive agenda for key policy actors—including gender equality advocates, national governments and international agencies—to make human rights a reality for all women and girls, no matter what kind of family they live in.

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Geographic coverage: Africa; Arab States/North Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; European Union; Latin America and the Caribbean; OECD DAC Donors and Other Countries

Subject area(s): Human rights; Gender statistics

Publication year: 2019