Will take another 80 years to achieve gender equality: UN official

  • IANS, Mexico City
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2015 15:09 IST

Gender equality is a goal that will take another 80 years to achieve and the youth would have to be the driving force behind any change, a United Nations official Ana Guezmes Garcia said on Wednesday.

Garcia, UN Women's representative in Mexico, was speaking at a campaign "HeForShe", which aims to give men a larger role in the struggle for gender equality, Xinhua reported.

Despite progress in securing more rights for women, "equality in practice has not been achieved", Guezmes said while addressing students and faculty at the Mexican Capital's private Iberoamerican University, the first institute of higher learning in Mexico and the second in Latin America to officially join the campaign.

"UN Women is concerned about educational segregation" in Mexico, she said . "We want there to be more women scientists and more male nurses or caretakers. We have to work more on that and break the stereotypes," she said.

"We are wasting enormous talent and an enormous opportunity," Guezmes added, considering few women serve in Mexico's public sector while it's not common for men to participate in domestic work, despite reforms in labour laws.

The employment outlook for youth in Mexico is bleak and the disparity between both genders is one of the largest in Latin America, with 42% employment rate for women and 76% for men, she said.

The "HeforShe" campaign is a solidarity movement to promote gender equality by bringing "one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all", states the official website of the campaign.

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