Families around the world look, feel, and live differently today. Families can be “make or break” for women and girls when it comes to achieving their rights. They can be places of love, care, and fulfillment but, too often, they are also spaces where women’s and girls’ rights are violated, their voices are stifled, and where gender inequality prevails. In today’s changing world, laws and policies need to be based on the reality of how families live.
UN Women’s flagship report, “Progress of the world’s women 2019–2020: Families in a changing world”, assesses the reality of families today in the context of sweeping economic, demographic, political, and social transformation. The report features global, regional, and national data. It also analyses key issues such as family laws, employment, unpaid care work, violence against women, and families and migration.
At a critical juncture for women’s rights, this landmark report proposes a comprehensive family-friendly policy agenda to advance gender equality in diverse families. A package of policies to deliver this agenda is affordable for most countries, according to a costing analysis included in the report. When families are places of equality and justice, economies and societies thrive and unlock the full potential of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report shows that achieving the SDGs depends on promoting gender equality within families.
- Download the full report (6MB)
- Download the executive summary (2.6MB) (French [2.5MB], Spanish [2.5MB], Russian [2.7MB])
- What will it cost to unlock the power of families?
Fact sheets: Global and regional insights
Find out the most relevant issues and facts on families globally and regionally. View/download the fact sheets:
- Central and Southern Asia
- Eastern and South-Eastern Asia and Oceania
- Europe, Northern America, Australia and New Zealand
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- Northern Africa and Western Asia
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- All fact sheets in a ZIP archive (1MB)
About “Progress of the world’s women”
“Progress of the world’s women” is UN Women’s periodic investigation of progress made towards a world where women live free from violence, poverty, and inequality. Provocative and insightful, this series is the product of multi-year research, in-depth analyses, and data findings that build upon the expertise of leading organizations, experts, and academics.
- Progress of the world’s women 2015–2016: Transforming economies, realizing rights
- Progress of the world’s women 2011: In pursuit of justice
- Progress of the world’s women 2008/2009: Who answers to women?
- Progress of the world’s women 2005: Women, work and Poverty
- Women, war, peace: The independent experts’ assessment on the impact of armed conflict on women and women’s role in peace-building (Progress of the world’s women 2002, vol. 1)
- Progress of the world’s women 2002, volume 2: Gender equality and the Millennium Development Goals
- Progress of the world’s women 2000