Gender inequality is widespread, encompassing situations where women lack opportunities for quality employment and encounter disparities in wages due to their gender. Globally, women and girls consistently face barriers in accessing education and healthcare. They are also inadequately represented in important economic and political decision-making roles, and endure instances of violence and discrimination. Despite comprising nearly half of the global population, women experience discrimination in their everyday lives, both within and outside the workplace. This underscores the crucial importance of raising awareness about the issue of gender inequality. Gender equality stands as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Gender Equality, 5), emphasizing its significance on a global scale.
Globally, women continue to face significant disparities in the labor market, with an average earning gap of 23 percent compared to men. Additionally, women dedicate approximately three times as many hours to unpaid domestic and care work compared to men. This inequality is further compounded by various challenges such as sexual violence, exploitation, unequal distribution of domestic duties, and discrimination in public office. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues, with a rise in sexual violence reports, increased caregiving responsibilities due to school closures, and a substantial 70 percent of health and social workers worldwide being women. The current trajectory suggests that it will take around 300 years to eradicate child marriage, 286 years to eliminate legal disparities and discriminatory laws, 140 years to achieve gender parity in leadership roles within the workplace, and 47 years to attain equal representation in national parliaments.
It is imperative to prioritize addressing gender inequality through sustained and comprehensive efforts. Numerous organizations are actively engaged in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. Here is a list of the 10 donors in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment:
Among its various objectives, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) also places a strong emphasis on advancing gender equality and empowering women. USAID regularly issues calls for proposals for different countries to support projects aligned with its various goals. USAID underscores that achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls are not only essential for upholding human rights but also critical for achieving lasting and effective development outcomes. USAID firmly believes that girls should enjoy equal rights and opportunities, including safe access to and control over resources. The achievement of gender equality in society is seen as a catalyst for enhancing the overall quality of life for all individuals, from childhood through adulthood.
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