In 1995, world leaders agreed to a road map to elevate the status of women and achieve gender equality. But as delegates gather at the United Nations in New York to begin reviewing the progress made since then, women are still fighting for their rights.
A pair of new studies puts that in sharp relief. The first found that more than 170 countries still have laws and policies on the books that end up denying women and girls the same rights and protections enjoyed by men.
Another found that fewer than 20 have female heads of state or government, according to another review. Although women make up about half the global population, they account for only about 1 in 5 members of parliament. Half of all women are in paid employment, and wage disparities are a universal problem.
Learn more, and see world maps illustrating policy issues in different countries, here.