Portrait by Dawn Marie Jones for Artesanías

Portrait by Dawn Marie Jones for Artesanías

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.

5 Goals

  • 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  • Break stereotypes and transform the outdated ways of society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

Statistics done by UNFPA on the serious issue of gender violence

Statistics done by UNFPA on the serious issue of gender violence

Fashion in Sustainability

There’s a dark reality for females who work in the garment industry. In Cambodia for example, around 90% of the workers are women. To make ends meet, overtime is necessary if they want their children to pursue an education or to live a life out of poverty. However, there’s a cost to this: health, safety, and abuse within the work environment occur daily. Multinational brands want items made fast and at a speedy rate without taking into account the humans behind their creations. “Factory owners have taken advantage of women’s unequal position in society to form an even cheaper, more docile and flexible work force,” (Fashion Revolution). Basic rights are being denied and this occurs even more when systematic discrimination is still present, like men getting better pay or promoted to higher positions simply due to their gender. Inequalities like these are why the UN and FFC want to generate change. 

Photo by Dawn Marie Jones for Artesanías

Photo by Dawn Marie Jones for Artesanías

FFC on Gender Equality

Primarily composed of women who always communicate with an empathetic mindset: from the CEO, to the interns, to the beautiful Peruvian artisans partnering with Hoja Nueva, we make sure each individual who participates in this organization always feels comfortable. A group of inspiring women who want to empower one another by providing opportunities to succeed in a place where equality is second nature. We hope that whoever comes across our mission statement finds inspiration and recognizes that there’s success behind every female!

Learn More

Read more about SDG 5 here.

Photos by Allison Joyce for UN Women Photo Essay “I want to live in peace”