The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals include gender equality as a key priority. The aim is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.
Women are estimated to make up about half of the world’s population, so it’s only natural that their rights and needs should be considered as part of any discussion about global issues. In fact, if women are not considered in these discussions then we risk missing out on some key insights and perspectives.
This is not only unfair – it also has negative consequences for everyone involved. Full equality for women would have a positive impact on the economy, with estimates suggesting that it could add up to $28 trillion to global GDP by 2025. Women’s equality is also important for men, as it would lead to more gender balance in society and help to address issues such as toxic masculinity. Full equality for women would also benefit children, as it would help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and inequality. It also has an environmental impact – empowering women can help tackle climate change.
Women’s rights are human rights, so we must all work together to ensure that they are respected everywhere around the world.