Why Global Citizens Should Care
No country in the world has achieved gender equality.
Women are less likely to participate in the labor market but are overrepresented in the informal employment sector, according to UN Women. Gender-based violence continues to disproportionately affect women, though fewer than 40% of women who experience violence seek help from formal institutions or the police. And women who are part of the LGBTQ+ community face compounded violence, exclusion, and poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Empowering women is not only central to promoting gender equality, but will also lead to positive effects on the world. When more women are represented in the labor market, economies grow. Allowing girls to get an education results in higher rates of health and wellbeing as fewer girls are forced into marriage and taking on household responsibilities.
The Generation Equality Forum (GEF) will take place June 30 through July 2 in Paris to reassess the progress of women’s rights globally. It will bring together governments, corporations, and changemakers who want to make gender equality a reality by 2030 and make significant investments in women. As part of this goal, Global Citizen is challenging you to do your part.
Here are five ways you can take action for women’s health, wealth, and justice to promote women’s rights around the world.
1. Learn about the Generation Equality Forum to promote women’s rights.
GEF — hosted in joint partnership by the governments of Mexico and France, UN Women, and youth and feminist organizations — kicked off in Mexico City in March and will culminate in Paris this June with renewed commitments to achieving gender equality.
Not sure what the Generation Equality Forum is, or why it’s essential to advancing women’s rights? Take this quiz to learn about what the GEF is hoping to achieve and encourage Global Citizens everywhere to promote women’s rights globally.
2. Sign the global petition calling on world leaders to follow through on the Beijing Declaration for women’s rights.
Since the Fourth World Conference on Women took place in Beijing in 1995, governments have taken steps to promote gender equality around the world, but they have not been enough.
Today, 130 million girls do not have access to education, women-owned businesses receive less than 1% of global procurement spending, and 800 women die every day from preventable problems during pregnancy and childbirth. World leaders must commit to investing in women now to accelerate the progress of women’s rights.
Tell world leaders to tackle the unfinished business needed to achieve gender equality by signing the global petition, and we will hand over your signatures to partners and stakeholders in a series of virtual meetings and events in the lead-up to the Generation Equality Forum.
3. Tell world leaders it’s time to recognize unpaid care work.
Women and girls take up the disproportionate burden of unpaid care work, which consists of everything from cooking and cleaning, sourcing food and water, family farm labor, taking care of children and the elderly, and more. The value of unpaid care work makes up a huge portion of the global economy but has excluded women from participating in economic empowerment activities.
Add your name to our petition and tell world leaders to value unpaid care work and ensure economic justice for women and girls everywhere.
4. Show us why you’re ready to #ActForEqual.
Millions of people contribute to the informal care economy without receiving the compensation they deserve — and three-quarters of them are women.
Do you know someone who is performing unpaid care work and deserves to be recognized? Show us that you’re ready to #ActForEqual by making a short video message highlighting your story so we can show decision-makers that it’s time to support women in the informal care economy.
5. Tweet world leaders to close the gender inequality gap.
Women and girls are often excluded from countries’ economic plans, despite making up a majority of the informal job sector. Through translating unpaid work into work with clear and tangible economic value, we can create a more equitable, prosperous, and peaceful world for all.
Tweet at world leaders who are convening at the Generation Equality Forum to make a comprehensive plan to translate unpaid labor into paid jobs.
To make sure every country achieves the UN’s Global Goal 5 for gender equality by 2030, Global Citizens everywhere must tell world leaders to take urgent action and accountability to push forward women’s rights globally.
Every country needs to make stronger investments in women and girls. Take action with us ahead of the global gathering for gender equality and help create a more equitable world for all.