Globally, there is recognition that women’s rights and gender equality are core to sustainable development, yet gender equality remains the greatest human rights challenge. In as much as, governments have made appreciable gradual progress in advancing women’s rights and gender equality; structural inequalities persist in many countries preventing the full achievement of women’s rights and gender equality. The World Economic Forum estimates that at the current rate of progress, women will not achieve pay or leadership equity with men for at least another 135.6 years. (UN Women, 2021).
Women’s movement all over the world celebrated global standards formulated in 1995 in the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA). But since that milestone we continue to face challenges such as underfunding to ensure effective implementation of political commitments made by governments. Governments failed to support commitments made with adequate funding and accountability mechanisms to ensure the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality. The Women’s movement struggled to survive in the current disabling environment and to mainstream women’s rights and gender equality into the sustainable development agenda.