COVID-19 is having profound health, social and economic impacts across the Indo-Pacific region. It is increasingly clear that the pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on women and girls globally, impacting negatively on gender equality. Women are at greater risk of domestic violence; they perform the majority of unpaid care work; and are heavily represented in the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19 disruptions.
Girls and women remain deprived of full and equal opportunities for education. There has been progress towards parity at the primary level, but this tapers off at the secondary level in developing regions. The global economic crisis is deepening inequalities, made worse by cuts in education budgets and stagnating development support.
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The UN has defined 13 Targets and 28 Indicators for SDG 3. Targets specify the goals and Indicators represent the metrics by which the world aims to track whether these Targets are achieved. Below we quote the original text of all Targets and show the data on the agreed Indicators.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
There has been progress over the last decades: More girls are going to school, fewer girls are forced into early marriage, more women are serving in parliament and positions of leadership, and laws are being reformed to advance gender equality.
Gender bias is undermining our social fabric and devalues all of us. It is not just a human rights issue; it is a tremendous waste of the world’s human potential. By denying women equal rights, we deny half the population a chance to live life at its fullest. Political, economic and social equality for women will benefit all the world’s citizens. Together we can eradicate prejudice and work for equal rights and respect for all.
Equality is the birthright of every girl and woman on earth, but it isn’t her reality. Despite some progress, her rights are still under attack. And the COVID-19 pandemic has set back the fight for full gender equality even further. Join the United Nations Foundation, our partners, and people across the globe and take a stand in the global movement that’s pushing for girls and women to be #EqualEverywhere. Together, we can drive greater and faster action on gender equality in all aspects of life.
The Generation Equality Forum is a global movement for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. The forum will bring together governments, corporations, NGOs, youth-led groups and Foundations to secure concrete, ambitious, and transformative commitments for gender equality. These will be shaped by the Action Coalitions. They are the world’s roadmap for gender equality. To make this happen, we all need to play our part. Act For Equal! Join Generation Equality and show people everywhere that, together, we’re standing up for gender equality.
The issues of gender equality and empowerment of women are a red thread throughout all the Sustainable Development Goals, since by integrating the needs of women and girls we help achieve the inclusive and sustainable development for all, following the main principle of the global Agenda of “leaving no one behind”. The video was produced in the framework of the joint UN Women –MFA Kazakhstan project on the SDGs nationalization.
Women make up more than two-thirds of the world's 750 million adults without basic literacy skills; women represent less than 30% of the world’s researchers; and women journalists are more exposed to assault, threat or physical, verbal or digital attack than their male counterparts.
UNESCO believes that all forms of discrimination based on gender are violations of human rights, as well as a significant barrier to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Our message is clear: women and men must enjoy equal opportunities, choices, capabilities, power and knowledge as equal citizens. Equipping girls and boys, women and men with the knowledge, values, attitudes and skills to tackle gender disparities is a precondition to building a sustainable future for all.
Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. But, today gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress. Women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership. Across the globe, women and girls perform a disproportionate share of unpaid domestic work. Inequalities faced by girls can begin right at birth and follow them all their lives. In some countries, girls are deprived of access to health care or proper nutrition, leading to a higher mortality rate.