How to Make Progress Toward Gender Equality
Published on: 27.04.2018
Millions of women and girls all over the world wake up every day in situations and circumstances that prevent them from enjoying their rights. Even though women are entitled the right to education, vote, property, equal wage, to live free from slavery and violence, and much more they are still denied their rights.
Iceland is the first country in the world that declared pay inequality illegal in January 2018. According to the Global Gender Gap 2017, an index that examines the gap between women and men in the following four categories: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment in 144 countries says that no country in the world has fully closed the gender gap.
“No country in the world has fully closed its gender gap, but four out of the five Nordic countries and, for the first time this year, one country each from Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions—Rwanda, Nicaragua, and Slovenia—have closed more than 80% of theirs. Yemen, the lowest-ranking country, has closed slightly less than 52% of its gender gap,” the report says.
Gender issues affecting women all over the world
- Millions of girls are denied the right to education
- Honor killings
- Domestic violence
- Sexual harassment and assaults
- Forced displacement due to war, conflict, and genocide
- Female genitalia mutilation
- Early pregnancy
- Maternal death
- Inadequate maternal and child healthcare
- Human trafficking and sex slavery
- Child marriage
- Biased parents
- Unrepresented, no role models in politics, in the justice system, science, social life
- Pay Gap
- The stigma against women health (periods, body shape)
All these issues need to be taken seriously because they hurt women, girls, and families and violate human rights. Some countries are making progress, while others have a long way to go toward gender equality. This means that each of us is living in a place where women face a gender-related problem. If you have an idea or project that support women’s rights and helps to reach gender equality, submit it at the 2018th edition of the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition. Remember that economic empowerment accelerates progress. You can gain an entrepreneurial mindset and skills necessary to start your own social initiatives. Take advantage of our free training courses and you will learn how to see opportunities in every problem.
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