Gender inequalities continue to be deep-rooted in every society. Women suffer from lack of access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. In many situations, they are denied access to basic education and health care and are victims of violence and discrimination. They are underrepresented in political and economic decision-making processes.
In September 2015, the United Nations officially launched 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) - a worldwide plan of action for a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity that supports peace and leverages global partnerships.
Recognizing that women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world, Global Goal 5 focuses on 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.
|Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.|
In support of SDG5, Y-Films produced the original video series Man's World that takes a unique look at gender equality.
The 4-part comedy is a story of what if. What if women treated men the way men treat women. It is a story about walking a mile in their shoes, in that world.
The series - included in the video playlist below - features performances by Parineeti Chopra, Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chadda, Soni Razdan, Pritish Nandy, Rhea Chakraborty, Bhumi Pednekar, Miss Malini, Cyrus Sahukar, Shweta Tripathi, Priyanka Bose, Nidhi Singh, Naveen Kasturia, Meiyang Chang, Aditi Singh Sharma, RJ Malishka, Anupama Chopra and Aditi Mittal. The series is followed by a 4-part conversation with cast about issues of gender equality. Click on "CC" to view the english subtitles.
The targets for the SDG5: Gender Equality goal include:
- End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
- Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
- Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
- Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate.
- Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life.
- Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.
- Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws.
- Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.
- Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.
What steps will you take to support gender equality?