• Force for Good team

Achieve gender equality

Updated: 2 days ago

The causes we have chosen to support within Force for Good, align with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations Member states in 2015. These are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - to join in global partnership and tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues. These Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and addresses the global challenges that are faced by all human beings, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

UN SDG #5: Gender Equality

Why gender equality?

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.

There has been progress over the last decades: More girls are going to school, fewer girls are forced into early marriage, more women are serving in parliament and positions of leadership, and laws are being reformed to advance gender equality.

However, Despite these gains, many challenges remain: discriminatory laws and social norms remain pervasive, women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership, and 1 in 5 women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 report experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period.

Earlier this year, the 2021 Global Gender Gap Report, from the World Economic Forum highlighted the disproportionate impact on women over the pandemic with a shocking statistic that further 36.1 years being added to the road to gender parity, taking the time of its predicted conclusion to 135.6 years. It also exacerbated situations for women and girls across every sphere – from health and the economy to security and social protection.

Women have played and continue to play a disproportionate role in responding to the virus, including as frontline healthcare workers and carers at home. Women’s unpaid care work has increased significantly because of school closures and the increased needs of older people. Women are also harder hit by the economic impacts of COVID-19, as they disproportionately work in insecure labour markets. Nearly 60% of women work in the informal economy, which puts them at greater risk of falling into poverty.

The pandemic has also led to a steep increase in violence against women and girls. With lockdown measures in place, many women are trapped at home with their abusers, struggling to access services that are suffering from cuts and restrictions. Emerging data shows that, since the outbreak of the pandemic, violence against women and girls – and particularly domestic violence – has intensified.

The key facts:

● 1 in 3 women experience sexual or physical violence in their life, which has increased dramatically due to the pandemic-induced lockdown.

● 2 million women and girls are trafficked annually.

●A large gender gap remains in women’s access to education, decision making and leadership - women’s nominal wages are 17% lower than men.

● Two-thirds of children denied primary education are girls, leading to two-thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate people being women.

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United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals