Social Watch E-Newsletter - Issue 291 - March 10, 2017

Issue 291 - March 10, 2017

Czech women are more threatened by poverty than men


Czech women are two times more likely to fall into poverty than men. This gap is particularly pronounced among the elderly and single-parent families, notes the Czech branch of the Social Watch network in its report published on the occasion of the International Women's Day.
In the Czech Republic, women are responsible for 87 per cent of single-parent families, with an estimated total number of 180,000. Nearly 20% of these families with one parent are at risk of poverty. Mothers without a spouse often have low incomes and are twice as likely to be unemployed than the national average. Read more



Czech Republic: Feminization of poverty and violence against women and migrants


The Social Watch Coalition in Czech Republic launched a report on gender equality that deals with two of the most serious issues of today: the feminization of poverty and the violence suffered by women and migrants.
One-parent families, most of them headed by women, are one of the groups most likely to become victims of social exclusion in the EU. Czech single mothers are more likely to be employed than mothers with a partner, but they are at a higher risk of unemployment, and less likely to receive welfare. Further, one third of women above the age of 15 have experienced physical or sexual violence. Violence against migrants is also frequent. Women and girls fleeing war to Europe are at a very high risk of various forms of violence throughout the course of their journey to peace. By turning a blind eye to the issue of gender, the protection of migrants against violence is often nonexistent, despite the position and vulnerability of the migrants and the goal to “eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls”, according to Agenda 2030.  Read more



The wrong message – redundancy and unilateralism in measuring the SDGs


A Sustainable Development Goals Index has recently been released by the New York-based Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the German Bertelsmann Foundation. Yet, when we compare the new index with the ten leading global indexes we find high redundancy with the same countries always at the top.
The indices bringing up this surprising result include per capita GDP and others that have been developed within two decades and claim to measure ‘beyond GDP’: Peace. Education. Health. Democracy. Environmental protection. So why are they strongly correlating with GDP
Coincidentally, all ten indices are made in and by countries that lead on them: Switzerland, the UK, Germany, US and Australia. We need to rethink the process of measuring the SDG immediately. Otherwise the wrong message provided today will lead to frustration and another unfairness towards developing countries. By Dr. Alexander Dill. Read more



Invitation to contribute to the 2017 report


Social Watch will again join forces with other NGOs and networks to publish in 2017 a new "Spotlight report" (as opposed to "shadow report") on sustainable development.
This report will be launched next July during the meeting of the High Level Political Forum of the United Nations that will review at ministerial level the Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Almost two years after the adoption of this ambitious agenda, the 2017 report will look at how it is implemented. The Guidelines for the Social Watch national reports 2017 are available in EnglishFrench and Spanish



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