A call for equality

Gender equality will not only empower women to overcome poverty, but also their children, families, communities and countries. When seen in this light, gender equality is not only morally right – it is pivotal to human progress and sustainable development.

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Inequality in the household

When women, who are most often the primary caregivers for children, are excluded from household decision-making processes, their well-being as well as their children’s may be at risk.

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Inequality in employment

Whether they live in industrialized or developing countries, in rural or urban settings, in general, women work longer hours than men.

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Inequality in politics

Although women’s parliamentary representation has steadily increased over the past decade, gender parity in politics at all levels is still a long way off.

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Empowerment in the household

Ensuring that women have a greater voice in household and community decisions is critical to fulfilling their rights as well as the rights of children.

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Empowerment in the workplace

Social policies and programmes should be promoted to enable women and men to reconcile their work and family responsibilities and encourage men to take on an equal share of domestic chores and childcare.

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Empowerment in politics

Women’s representation in national parliaments, local governments and peace processes is a critical measure of their political empowerment and of a country’s commitment to ensuring that powerful advocates for children can be heard.

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The double dividend

Gender equality produces a double dividend: advancing the rights of both women and children. Healthy, educated and empowered women have healthy, educated and confident daughters and sons.

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