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A new report by UN Women examines how transformations in families impact women’s rights. It reveals that most countries can afford family-friendly policies.

As women’s rights have advanced over the past decades, families around the world have become a place of love and solidarity but also one where fundamental human rights violations and gender inequalities persist, according to the report Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World published by UN Women in late June 2019.

Anchored in global data, analysis and case studies, the report shows the diversity of families around the world and provides recommendations to ensure that laws and policies support today’s families and meet the needs of all their members, especially women and girls, together with an analysis of what it would cost to implement them.

Inequalities persist in many countries

Today, three billion women and girls live in countries where rape within marriage is not explicitly criminalised. But injustice and violations take other forms as well. In one out of five countries girls do not have the same inheritance rights as boys, while in others (a total of 19 countries) women are required by law to obey their husbands.

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