It’s women working longer hours than men but being paid less. It’s women making up two-thirds of all illiterate people in the world. It’s less than 10% of world leaders being women.
On paper, gender inequality is a long list of statistics showing the imbalance of power between men and women. In real terms, gender inequality is a major problem on local, national and global levels. Not only does it affect the lives of individual men and women, but the inequality between genders also stunts economic growth and hinders development.
Gender equality benefits everyone, which is why it has been nominated as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 5: Gender Equality.
Here’s a closer look at why equal access to education, healthcare and job opportunities is important, what we’re doing about it, and how you can get involved as a volunteer.Sustainable development relies on ending discrimination towards women and providing equal opportunities for education and employment. Gender equality has been conclusively shown to stimulate economic growth, which is crucial for low-income countries.
UN Women reported that in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries, half of the economic growth over the past 50 years is attributed to girls having better access to education, as well as increases in the number of years of schooling between girls and boys. Because of this, GVI has established projects that put an emphasis on education for girl children, as part of long-term sustainable development initiatives.The gap between genders is widest in low and middle-income countries. To help support women around the world, you can volunteer in women’s empowerment projects. GVI’s collaborative way of working and commitment to UN SDG 5 have been guiding factors in establishing volunteer programs that work towards women’s empowerment and community development.
Whether helping to give women and young girls better access to education in India, helping women develop themselves professionally in Cambodia, or facilitating women’s healthcare workshops in Laos, as a volunteer you can contribute directly to improving gender equality.
Despite decades of progressive efforts, there’s still a great deal of inequality in workplaces across the country.
In recent years, the government, employees, and many businesses have worked to stamp out issues involving salary discrepancies between genders. They’ve also sought to ensure men and women receive equal treatment.
It’s one of the leading topics in the modern business world, so it’s essential your business understand all current laws and your commitments to staff members.
In this guide, we explain everything. So, let’s start with the basics.
What is gender inequality?A company that practises gender equality treats men and women the same.
This has many implications that your business can easily overlook due to, for example, a longstanding company culture, personal attitudes, or confusion about current laws.But your business should understand that men and women must receive equal treatment. This includes:
- Equal pay and benefits for comparable roles.
- Equal consideration of needs.
- Equal opportunities for progression and promotion.
- Employees shouldn’t face any sort of discrimination because they are male or female, or are undergoing gender reassignment.