GOAL 5: Gender Equality
It is hard to believe that even in today's progressive society, women all around the world are still being denied equal access to work, compensation, political representation, education, and even healthcare. Yet this is the reality.
Achieve Gender Equality
EMPOWER WOMEN & GIRLS
“Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.”
– United Nations
The following facts can be found on the official website of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
1 in 5
1 in 5 women and girls between the ages of 15-49 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period.
Before the Age of 18
Globally, 750 million women and girls were married before the age of 18 and at least 200 million women and girls in 30 countries have undergone FGM.
1 in 5 paid jobs
Women in Northern Africa hold less than 1 in 5 paid jobs in the non-agricultural sector. This is even after the increase from 35% in 1990 to 41% in 2015.
Only 23.7 percent of national parliamentarians were women and it is still far from parity. In 46 countries, women now hold more than 30% of seats in national parliament in at least one chamber.
LET'S CREATE GENDER EQUALITY.
This Sustainable Development Goal strives to permanently end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. It intends to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking, sexual and other types of exploitation. It strives to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation, as well as equalize the payroll between men and women and ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life.
Stop Wishing. Start Doing.
Here's How To Help
01. Do Not Stereotype
Avoiding promoting stereotypes. Also encourage those around you to avoid stereotyping individuals based on their gender, career choice or interests. Encourage children to do the same in school or within their own teams and organizations.
02. Practice Equality Among Family & Friends
Ensure you are supporting gender equality in your own job, or volunteer organization you are a part of. Make sure gender equality starts with you. Join organizations that align with your values.
03. Let Children Explore
Allow children to explore what interests them, instead of forcing them into stereotypical gender preferences. Keep your birthday, Christmas, or other gifts focused on their interests instead of strictly pink or blue.
04. Support Successful Women
Support successful women in male-dominated industries. Whether it’s a fantastic film, a woman owned business that offers good service, or a comedian you really appreciate, make sure to give credit where credit is due and support/recognize female success in male-dominated careers.
05. Stop Bullying
Report and stand up to bullying, both on and off-line. If you see an individual bullying or body-shaming someone, flag them immediately. Stop harassment whenever you see it.
06. View Responsible Media
Avoid promoting films, books, or TV shows that over stereotype, sexualize, or objectify a specific gender.
07. Involve Men
Keep men involved in the conversation. Gender equality is often associated with promoting women, but in truth it is the appreciation and equality of both men and women. Be careful not to confuse gender equality with female or male superiority.
08. Support Companies that Take a Stand
Support companies that take a stance for gender equality, especially companies that make a point to close or eliminate the pay gap within their community. Your simple patronage and caring about a businesses’ ideals can help that business make a huge impact!
BE A RIPPLE
JOIN THE MOVEMENT.
There are many ways to get involved to help achieve gender equality. By committing to do your part, you take the first step in making a world of difference.
We're in this together.
Photography Credits by Order on Page:
UN Women Offers Training at Civilian Protection Site, Juba – UN Photo by JC McIlwaine