• GOAL 5: Gender Equality

    It is hard to believe that even in today's progressive society, women all around the world are still being denied equal access to work, compensation, political representation, education, and even healthcare. Yet this is the reality.

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Gender Equality

Achieve Gender Equality


“Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.”

– United Nations

The following facts can be found on the official website of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

It's time to face them.

These Are The Facts

Ending Modern-Day Slavery

600,000 - 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80 percent are women and girls. Up to 50 percent are minors. (US Department of State)

2/3 of countries

About two thirds of countries in the developing regions have achieved gender parity in primary education. In Sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania and Western Asia, girls still face barriers to entering both primary and secondary school.

1 in 5 paid jobs

Women in Northern Africa hold less than 1 in 5 paid jobs in the non-agricultural sector. This is even after the increase from 35% in 1990 to 41% in 2015.

Political Voice

Only 22.8 percent of all national parliamentarians were women as of June 2016, a slow increase from 11.3 percent in 1995. (UN Women)




This Sustainable Development Goal strives to permanently end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. It intends to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking, sexual and other types of exploitation. It strives to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation, as well as equalize the payroll between men and women and ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life.

Stop Wishing. Start Doing.

Here's How To Help

01. Do Not Stereotype

Avoiding promoting stereotypes. Also encourage those around you to avoid stereotyping individuals based on their gender, career choice or interests. Encourage children to do the same in school or within their own teams and organizations.

02. Practice Equality Among Family & Friends

Ensure you are supporting gender equality in your own job, or volunteer organization you are a part of. Make sure gender equality starts with you. Join organizations that align with your values.

03. Let Children Explore

Allow children to explore what interests them, instead of forcing them into stereotypical gender preferences. Keep your birthday, Christmas, or other gifts focused on their interests instead of strictly pink or blue.

04. Support Successful Women

Support successful women in male-dominated industries. Whether it’s a fantastic film, a woman owned business that offers good service, or a comedian you really appreciate, make sure to give credit where credit is due and support/recognize female success in male-dominated careers.

05. Stop Bullying

Report and stand up to bullying, both on and off-line. If you see an individual bullying or body-shaming someone, flag them immediately. Stop harassment whenever you see it.

06. View Responsible Media

Avoid promoting films, books, or TV shows that over stereotype, sexualize, or objectify a specific gender.

07. Involve Men

Keep men involved in the conversation. Gender equality is often associated with promoting women, but in truth it is the appreciation and equality of both men and women. Be careful not to confuse gender equality with female or male superiority.

08. Support Companies that Take a Stand

Support companies that take a stance for gender equality, especially companies that make a point to close or eliminate the pay gap within their community. Your simple patronage and caring about a businesses’ ideals can help that business make a huge impact!



There are many ways to get involved to help achieve gender equality. By committing to do your part, you take the first step in making a world of difference.

We're in this together.


United Nations Women
He For She Campaign
Every Woman Every Child Initiative
World Health Organization

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UN Women Offers Training at Civilian Protection Site, Juba – UN Photo by JC McIlwaine