Thanks to COVID it will take 36 years more to close the gender gap
Women and girls lost rights in Afghanistan
A step back in Texas
Critical gains
Child marriage was banned in two US states
Rhode Island and New York raise age of marriage to 18
The Dominican Republic banned child marriage
Banning child marriage lowers poverty
Free birth control for women under 25 in France
From the pill to the IUD and much more
Free period products in French universities
Free pads and tampons on campus
Tampon tax eliminated in two countries
Uk and Nambia eliminated taxes on period products in 2021
Eight countries had a women leader elected for the first time
Najla Bouden -first woman to lead a country in the Arab region
More women must be hired on boards in Germany
30 of 70 companies did not have any women on their boards
The most gender-equal Olympics yet 
New categories and double the number of mixed-gender events
Female artists permanently featured in a Dutch museum
Three 17th century works by women
All-woman Air India pilot crew made history
First a women only pilot group flew over the North Pole
From the Texas abortion law to free period products - losses and gains in women's rights
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Thanks to COVID it will take 36 years more to close the gender gap

According to Global Citizen, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused gender equality to stall significantly over the past two years. In fact, according to the website, it will take an additional 36 years now to close the gender gap.

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Women and girls lost rights in Afghanistan

Apart from the pandemic slowing down progress, political events such as the Taliban overtaking Afghanistan in 2021 have drastically changed lives and reduced women's rights in the country.

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A step back in Texas

Another example is seen in the United States, in Texas, where on September 1, 2021, abortion became illegal in the state once a fetal heartbeat could be detected. In most cases, a fetal heartbeat can be found at just six weeks of gestation, when many women do not yet even know they are pregnant.

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Critical gains

While this all might seem like a whole lot of bad news, there is hope. Activists and lawmakers have continued to preserve and defend the rights of women and girls, some critical gains in gender equality over the past year.

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Child marriage was banned in two US states

It seems incredible that child marriage is not yet banned throughout the United States of America. For example, in Massachusetts, the minimum age for marriage for girls is just 12 years.

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Rhode Island and New York raise age of marriage to 18

However, 2021 led to progress in this area in two states, with Rhode Island and New York both raising the legal age for marriage to 18 years of age.

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The Dominican Republic banned child marriage

The President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, took a significant step forward in protecting girls' rights in his country in 2021. On January 18, 2021, President Abinader signed a bill that made the marriage of children younger than 18 illegal. 

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Banning child marriage lowers poverty

According to a report by UNICEF and the World Bank in 2017, this can potentially decrease the poverty rate in the country by 10%.

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Free birth control for women under 25 in France

In September of 2021, the French government decided that all women under the age of 25 would have access to free contraception starting on January 1, 2022.

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From the pill to the IUD and much more

The initiative covers everything from IUDs to the pill and all necessary procedures and tests needed in relation to birth control.

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Free period products in French universities

Starting in September 2021, French universities were required to provide free period products to students.

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Free pads and tampons on campus

Per the French mandate, universities must install free pad and tampon dispensers in all dormitories and campus health centres.

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Tampon tax eliminated in two countries

In January 2021, the UK ditched the 5% tampon tax on all menstruation products. An excellent victory for activists in the UK who had been calling for an end to the discriminatory tax for several decades.

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Uk and Nambia eliminated taxes on period products in 2021

In March 2021, Nambia got rid of the 15% tax on period products; however, the motion will not be in effect until 2022 or 2023.

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Eight countries had a women leader elected for the first time

According to the United Nations, 2021 was a remarkable year for women in politics. Eight countries saw their first female Head of State or Government elected in.

Pictured: the first woman Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas.

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Najla Bouden -first woman to lead a country in the Arab region

Barbados, Estonia, Moldova, Tanzania, Samoa, Uganda, Tunisia, and Sweden all had female leaders in for at least part of 2021. In Tunisia, Najla Bouden Ramadhane (pictured) was named the country's Prime Minister and became the first woman to lead a country in the Arab region.

Photo credit: Palestinian Presidential handout

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More women must be hired on boards in Germany

In January 2021, the German cabinet approved legislation requiring all publicly listed companies to have at least one woman on their management boards. In the case of government-run companies, at least two board members must be women. 

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30 of 70 companies did not have any women on their boards

According to the German family and justice ministries, this law impacted roughly 70 companies, of which 30 did not have any women on their boards. 

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The most gender-equal Olympics yet 

Thanks to several steps the Internation Olympics Committee (IOC) took, the Tokyo Olympic Games in July were the most gender-equal Olympics in history. There were 4% more female athletes participating than the 2016 Games in Rio.

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New categories and double the number of mixed-gender events

In addition, new competition categories for women were added and double the number of mixed-gender events were held. However, there is still plenty of improvement to be made, particularly in the funding and coverage of female Olympic athletes.

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Female artists permanently featured in a Dutch museum

In March 2021, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam announced for the first time in 200 years of history that three paintings by female artists would be put on display permanently.

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Three 17th century works by women

All three works are from the 17th century: The Serenade by Judith Leyster, the Memorial Portrait of Moses ter Borch by Gesina ter Borch (pictured), and Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase by Rachel Ruysch.

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All-woman Air India pilot crew made history

Air India made history in 2021 when four female pilots successfully completed the longest non-stop commercial flight ever operated by an Indian national airline.

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First a women only pilot group flew over the North Pole

The group flew a Boeing 777 from South India to the US in January 2021, and it was also the first time a group of exclusively female pilots flew over the North Pole.

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