Gender Equality is a fundamental human right.
Men and women should receive equal treatment, and should not be discriminated against based on gender. However, in many places in the world women and girls cannot participate in the workforce, cannot vote, cannot move freely, are paid significantly less than men and are subject to discriminatory norms and unequal power dynamics. The economic growth and prosperity of a country is bound to gender equality, human rights and economic empowerment of women and girls. They must go hand in hand if we want to see women and girls achieve their greatest purpose.
What does it mean to live in an equal society? Equality is measured by access, participation and compensation – in education, employment, civil-society and in government. Where women are given a fair chance to thrive alongside men.
Our partners aim to increase gender equality starting at the grassroots and moving up rippling across their communities and countries.
- Women and girls account for 70% of people currently living in extreme poverty. (IPPF)
- Women spend at least twice as much time as men on domestic work, and when all work – paid and unpaid – is considered, women work longer hours than men. (Source: The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics)
- Violence against women and girls is a global issue with 1 in 3 women across the world experiencing violence. (Source: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 2013)
- Globally, women make up just 22% of parliamentarians. (Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union 2014)
- Worldwide, 70% of the 900 million illiterate adults are women