Goal 5: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
It’s 2019, yet females are still being discriminated against. Whether that be in a competitive work environment, within intimate relationships or in countries where unhealthy laws still exist. For example, on a daily basis around 37,000 girls are committed to marriage at the age of 18 or even younger. A destiny already written for a baby girl, because the politicians have decided her birthright in a way where the feminine voice has no influence or the simple right to choose. Slow progress has been made, but there’s still a lot to do. By working in a collective manner together, a significant impact can be made so that more women can execute life freely.
“Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. But, today gender equality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress” (UN).
5 Facts and Figures
As of 2014, 143 countries have guaranteed equality between men and women in their constitutions, but 52 have yet to take this step.
Worldwide, 35 of women between 15-49 years of age have experienced physical and/or sexual violence.
1 in 3 girls aged 15-19 have experienced some form of genital mutilation/cutting in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East.
In 18 countries, husbands can legally prevent their wives from working; in 39 countries, daughters and sons do not have equal inheritance rights; and 49 countries lack laws protecting women from domestic violence.
In 46 countries, women now hold more than 30 percent of seats in national parliament in at least one chamber.
Celebrate women by paying them well deserved wages
Equal representation of leadership in political sectors
Reforms and access to rights of lands, economic, and natural resources
Make technology more attainable for better communication
“Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health” (UN)
5 Ways to Help
Leave toxic masculinity behind
Join a movement like HeForShe to demonstrate how solidarity generates equilibrium
Break stereotypes and transform the outdated ways of society
Be of good intention and allow girls to succeed by respecting their individuality and recognizing their unique voice
Education as a tool of empowerment