5 ways you can take action now for women’s health, wealth and justice
Why the citizens of the world should care
No country in the world has achieved gender equality.
Women are less likely to participate in the labor market but are overrepresented in the informal employment sector, according to UN Women. Gender-based violence continues to disproportionately affect women, although less than 40% of abused women seek help from formal institutions or the police. And women who are part of the LGBTQ + community face aggravated violence, exclusion and poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Empowering women is not only essential for promoting gender equality, but will also have positive effects on the world. When more women are represented in the labor market, economies grow. Enabling girls to get an education translates to higher rates of health and well-being, as fewer girls are forced into marriage and take on household responsibilities.
The Generation Equality Forum (FEM) will take place from June 30 to July 2 in Paris to reassess the progress of women’s rights around the world. It will bring together governments, businesses and change agents who want to make gender equality a reality by 2030 and invest meaningfully in women. As part of this goal, Global Citizen challenges you to do your part.
Here are five ways to take action for women’s health, wealth and justice to promote women’s rights around the world.
1. Find out about the Generation Equality Forum to promote women’s rights.
The GEF, organized in a joint partnership by the governments of Mexico and France, UN Women, and youth and feminist organizations, kicked off in Mexico City in March and will culminate in Paris in June with renewed commitments to gender equality. sexes.
Don’t know what the Generation Equality Forum is or why it is essential to advance women’s rights? Take this quiz to find out what the GEF hopes to achieve and encourage Global Citizens around the world to promote women’s rights around the world.
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2. Sign the global petition calling on world leaders to act on the Beijing Declaration for Women’s Rights.
Since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, governments have taken steps to promote gender equality around the world, but it has not been enough.
Today, 130 million girls lack access to education, women-owned businesses receive less than 1% of global procurement spending, and 800 women die every day from preventable problems during pregnancy and pregnancy. delivery. World leaders must commit to investing in women now to accelerate progress on women’s rights.
Tell world leaders to tackle the unfinished work needed to achieve gender equality by signing the global petition, and we’ll hand your signatures to partners and stakeholders in a series of meetings and virtual events in the works. of the Generation Equality Forum.
3. Tell world leaders it’s time to recognize unpaid care work.
Women and girls shoulder the disproportionate burden of unpaid care work, which includes everything from cooking and cleaning, to providing food and water, to family farm work, to caring for children and the elderly, and more. The value of unpaid care work is a huge part of the global economy, but has excluded women from participating in economic empowerment activities.
Add your name to our petition and tell world leaders to value unpaid care work and ensure economic justice for women and girls around the world.
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4. Show us why you are ready to #ActForEqual.
Millions of people contribute to the informal care economy without receiving the compensation they deserve – and three-quarters of them are women.
Do you know someone who does unpaid care work that deserves to be recognized? Show us you’re ready to #ActForEqual by creating a short video post highlighting your story so we can show policy makers it’s time to support women in the informal care economy.
5. Tweet world leaders to bridge the gender gap.
Women and girls are often excluded from countries’ economic plans, although they constitute the majority of the informal employment sector. By translating unpaid work into work of clear and tangible economic value, we can create a more equitable, prosperous and peaceful world for all.
Tweet to world leaders as they gather at the Generation Equality Forum to develop a comprehensive plan to turn unpaid work into paid work.
To ensure that every country achieves the United Nations Global Goal 5 for gender equality by 2030, global citizens around the world must tell world leaders to take urgent action and be held accountable for advance women’s rights around the world.
Every country needs to invest more in women and girls. Take action with us ahead of the Global Gathering for Gender Equality and help create a fairer world for all.