Get involved Vol 23, No. 03 - March 2019

Step it up for planet 50/50

Despite progress, inequalities still prevail between women and men. Women are often paid less salary for the same job performed, hold fewer high-ranking positions in the workforce, and are less represented in parliaments around the world. And as girls grow up, they might face the grim reality of becoming child brides, and later, victims of domestic violence. If we want to achieve the global goals, we need to achieve gender equality. A planet 50/50, where boys and girls enjoy equal rights and opportunities in life. And there are many ways to make a difference!

UN Women offer many such ways to step it up for gender equality and women’s empowerment around the globe. To make a difference, join one of their current campaigns or professional networks.

Join a campaign! There are several campaigns that you can lend your support or voice to:

HeForShe – Running since 2014 with support from hundreds of thousands of men from around the world, this global and action-oriented movement invites men and women alike to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality. So far, 1.7 million people have committed to gender equality through this movement. Make your commitment here.

UNiTE to End Violence against Women – Around the globe today, 1 in 5 women and girls aged 15-49, have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. Yet, 49 countries in the world lack laws to protect them from domestic violence. Take a stand and UNiTE to make sure we prevent and end all forms of violence against women and girls in all corners of the world.

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality – This campaign strives towards a world where women and girls enjoy equal rights and opportunities. It asks governments to make national commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential. So far, 93 countries have stepped it up for gender equality. Is your country among them? Find out here. If not, advocate for your country to step it up and make a commitment!

Join a professional network! Whether you would like to boost women’s economic empowerment, or help advance their representation in politics, there are networks you can join to make this happen:

Empower Women – Is a global movement for women’s economic empowerment. It engages gender equality advocates and empowers women to achieve their full economic potential in more than 190 countries. This network equips both women and men with resources, opportunities and a global platform to become change-makers and leaders in their communities.

iKNOW Politics – This is an online workspace to help elected officials, candidates, political party leaders and members, researchers, students and other practitioners interested in advancing women in politics. Its goal is to increase the participation and effectiveness of women in political life.

Follow events at UN Headquarters in New York this month: International Women’s Day (8 March) and the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (11-22 March). Both events will be streamed live via UN Web TV. To engage via social media, use the hashtags #WomensDay and #CSW63.

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