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UNECE and over 50 standards bodies set to sign Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards

UNECE10May2019

 

Women are widely under-represented in developing the standards that affect so many areas of our lives, from the infrastructure on which economies depend, to the products we consume every day and the technologies needed to address a wide range of sustainability challenges. Many of these standards do not adequately address how women and men may be affected differently. These issues not only hamper progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality, but also undermine the potential of standards as powerful tools to support sustainable development. Taking action to address this critical gender gap, some 50 organizations worldwide – including international, regional and national standards bodies – are next week expected to sign a Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development, developed at UNECE

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