“Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.” United Nations
Gender equality has made progress in certain areas over the last few years, particularly under the Millenium Development Goals which heavily reinforced equal access to primary education for both boys and girls This has led to almost two thirds of the developing world educating equal numbers of primary aged boys and girls.
However, there is a long way to go with gender equality as it is an issue that can be found in all parts of the world and in every walk of life, some of which is serious and dangerous discrimination.
The UN and many other charities/NGOs are striving to see equality achieved because of the positive impact that women can have on our world. One of these NGOs is UN Women which is a part of the UN that focuses on seeing women empowered and represented in all walks of life. Their work is dynamic and forward thinking and incredibly positive. You can read more about it at UN Women. Another charity that strives to empower women is Women for Women International and their website is well worth a look.
The SDGs have also initiated something called Spotlight Initiative which is solely focused on eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls.
Violence against women and girls is completely out of control world wide. It can be witnessed in so many social areas from the #metoo campaign to human trafficking. The #metoo campaign has been successfully throwing light on a problem as old as the hills which is so deep rooted in our society that it has been ignored for too long. It may not be conquering sexual violence in the developing world but it is educating people about the bigger picture and it is a starting point for this human rights issues. If you would like to read about my own personal experience of #metoo then please click here.
Goal 5 Targets:
1. End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
2. Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
3. Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
4. Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
5. Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life
6. Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences
7. Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
8. Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
9. Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels
(Information taken from UN Org)
Goal 5 is an important and powerful goal of the SDGs and one that needs our wholehearted support.