“Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.” (1)
While the world has come a long way where gender equality and women’s empowerment are concerned (under the Millennium Development Goals), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.
The UN is aiming for complete equality by 2030, but what steps will be required to make this a reality? Research conducted by the USAID indicated that these are the steps to achieve this goal:
– Providing training for female members of political parties and parliaments and supporting the development of women’s caucuses
– Providing skill-building and leadership training for women civil society members, women’s organisations, and female journalists
– Supporting women’s participation in political and post-conflict transitions
– Improving women’s access to justice and increasing women’s participation and representation in the justice sector
– Supporting local efforts to advocate for legal rights that enable women to participate fully in the political and economic life of their societies
– Building capacity for civil society organisations to advocate for women’s participation in political transitions and governance processes (2)
While some European countries are quite ahead on some of these points, the majority of the planet still has a long, long way to go. As an AIESEC Alumnus, what do you think about this issue? Would you add or remove any steps to the list?
Let’s make a stand and make this world a better world for all of us!
Written by Petra Cvetanovic