Women perform 2.6 times more housework than men. Only 41% of mothers worldwide receive maternity benefits. Only 57.8% of older women receive a pension, compared to 68.4% for men. Of this sad statistics reminds UN on the eve of the 63rd session of the Commission on the status of women. It will open at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday, March 11.

"This year's session of the Commission will be devoted to the problems faced by women and girls in everyday life. We need new global standards to achieve gender equality, we need to empower women and girls, help them reach their potential," - said Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ambassador of Ireland in the UN and  Bureau's Chairperson of the upcoming session.

"By focusing on key issues – such as accessible kindergartens, health care, education, maternity protection, pensions and safe transport – the session can change the daily reality for women and girls around the world," - she added.

According to the UN, 740 million women work in the informal sector, so they have practically no social protection.

"Competent social protection policies and well-planned infrastructure can change the balance of power. The fact that 740 million working women do not have social protection and access to public services is an indication of the significant gaps in the global system of social support for women. We need  investments and policy changes that provide women with the necessary protection," -  said Executive Director of the  "UN women", Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

The session, which will last almost two weeks, will be attended by about 9,000 representatives of governments, civil society and non-profit organizations.

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