How the U.N. is falling short on fighting for women's rights

Millennium Development Goals Explained

The U.N.'s newly released 2015 Millennium Development Goals Report made it very clear that they still have a lot of work to do in the women's rights department. The report aims to target global issues that have been in need of improvement in the past 15 years.

The third and fifth goal in the report were directly focused on women, specifically highlighting maternal health and gender equality.

With the world's growing concern surrounding women's wages and equal pay in the workforce, it was disappointing to see that women worldwide are still earning 24 percent less than men.

Ninety-two countries participated in the U.N.'s report, and 78 of those countries are detrimentally lacking in terms of the employment of educated women. In those 78 counties, when looking at men and women with advanced levels of education, there are more unemployed women than there are unemployed men.

Similarly, major issues still remain in the realm of gender equality in education. The report detailed that gender equality in secondary schools was pursued and obtained by less than half of the 92 countries that were surveyed. Only 36 percent of the countries were actually categorized as countries that implemented gender equality in the classroom.

With all of this disappointment in the realm of women's rights and gender equality, there is some good news on the horizon: The U.N. has requested that the 92 countries create and send in new and refined goals by this upcoming September.

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