No gender equality globally without women's empowerment

Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post

October 4, 2019

No gender equality globally without women's empowerment


By Sarah Costa,

Four years ago, world leaders made a pledge to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by the year 2030. Goal 5 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]) contains targets to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, end female genital mutilation and child marriage, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care, and uphold women’s reproductive rights.

Tomorrow, during the high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, leaders will meet to assess progress on the SDGs. This moment provides an opportunity to see how far we’ve come since 2015 on the commitment to achieve gender equality. The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is particularly interested in these discussions, and how they relate to the more than 35 million women and girls forced from their homes by conflict and crises.

WRC strongly believes that if we are to see progress, it is essential to invest in gender equality. We recently returned from Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, home to almost one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, where we were encouraged to find an active commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment across the humanitarian response. Aid workers are collecting, analyzing, and using disaggregated data on gender, age, and diversity. They are supporting women’s economic empowerment, and ensuring leadership and meaningful equal representation of women and marginalized groups. And they are preventing, mitigating, and responding to gender-based violence and sexual exploitation and abuse.

Click here to read the full article published by Thompsom Reuters Foundation News on 23 September 2019.

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