Gender inequality is an issue which still exists despite all the efforts made at a global level. In 2017 one third of the world's women have experienced physical or sexual violence, and women worldwide earn 24% less than men. These are just two forms of gender inequality.
On the 25th of September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a continuation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consist a universal set of 17 specific goals, which aim at ending poverty, injustice and destruction of the planet and environment.
Gender Equality has always been one of the main issues of Development Goals. Goal 5 of the SDGs refers to “Gender Equality” which aims to end all forms of gender inequality in every country by 2030. Specifically, “Gender Equality” goal aims to:
- End all discrimination against women & girls everywhere
- End all violence & harmful practices against women & girls
- Recognise & value unpaid care and domestic work
- Ensure full participation in decision making & leadership
- Ensure universal access to sexual & reproductive health
- Give women equal rights to economic resources (work, land, property etc). Use ICT to promote equality
- Strengthen laws and policies that promote equality
The 2nd round of Youth Forums which will be organized during the upcoming school year 2017-2018 and will take place in the UK, Italy, Lithuania and Cyprus, will focus on Gender Equality. The consortium of the FYS-Forums project has been working on developing a new learning package which will help both teachers and students in organizing and delivering their Youth Forums. In the following months all the material on Gender Equality will be available in the FYS-Forums website. Stay tuned!