As we prepare to remember activists and their struggle for equality this upcoming Women’s Equality Day on August 26, it’s important to recall what the goals of achieving gender equality actually are. The entire world has made progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment. But women and girls still suffer discrimination and violence around the globe. Gender equality is a fundamental human right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.
By striving to provide women around the world equal access to things like education, healthcare, opportunities for a decent job, and representation in the political arena we can ensure that societies at large are better off. The United Nations is embarking on a new multi-year effort dubbed the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women. This effort has targeted several goals, such as ending violence against women and harmful practices against women still in effect around the world.
By seeking to eliminate human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, sexual exploitation (in all its forms), and eliminating harmful practices towards women like forced marriages or genital mutilation we can help create a better society for everyone. In parts of the world like sub-Saharan Africa and Western Asia girls still face multiple barriers towards getting into school and are not engaged in the political process.
Women in Wayne County, Ohio still face issues like domestic violence and sexual violence which organizations like OneEighty are seeking to address these cases. With an increased effort towards achieving gender equality, we can see increased gains in peace and prosperity around the world as more girls will receive a quality education, more women will enter the workforce, and entire regions will be uplifted.