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The challenge of gender equality

Read an article about the challenges of gender inequality and women's equal rights to participate in society.
The world is an unequal place. Some people have a higher chance of living a happier, healthier, longer, more rewarding life than others.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) describe how gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. SDG 5 relates specifically to gender equality, but there are 51 gender equality indicators incorporated within 14 of the 17 goals.

Over the last few 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.

Despite these gains, many challenges remain: discriminatory laws and social norms remain pervasive, women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership, and 1 in 5 women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 report experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period.

You can read more about this SDG on the UN website here.

You can also compare progress on gender indicators within the SDGs in the EM2030 Gender Index 2019.

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