News — April 18, 2018
Why Gender Equality Matters
By: John Stephen Agbenyo, Member of the 2018 JCI Partnership Committee
In 2014, mandated by the Second Committee of the General Assembly, a UN Secretary-General report was produced on the role of women in sustainable development.
The report focused on gender equality and sustainable development, with chapters including investments for gender-responsive sustainable development. The report came at a time when the global community was struggling with the definition of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
The report opined the “central role of gender equality in charting the rationale and the actions necessary to achieve sustainable development.” The survey used three criteria to assess whether policy actions and investments for sustainable development adequately addressed gender equality:
1.Do they support women’s capabilities and their enjoyment of rights?
2.Do they reduce, rather than increase, women’s unpaid care work?
3.Do they embrace women’s equal and meaningful participation as actors, leaders and decision-makers?
The advocacy for good policies to improve gender equality internationally has been elevated through the Global Goals. Global Goal 5 focuses on gender equality and aims to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” The goal’s detailed targets refer to a wide range of challenges facing women. These include discrimination of women, violence against women, reproductive health, ownership rights and technology.
The JCI Global Partnership Summit is an annual international event hosted by JCI in partnership with key changemakers such as the United Nations and AIESEC who believe in creating a sustainable and inclusive society.
The 2018 Summit will take place July 24, 25 and 26 at the InterContinental Barclay in New York City, and it will feature a one-day program located in the United Nations Headquarters on Friday, July 27, highlighting the significant collaboration between JCI and the United Nations.
The theme for the 2018 Summit is "The Role of Equality in Sustainable Development," paying particular attention to Global Goal 5: gender equality. As such, the Summit will discuss how we, both males and females, can collaboratively empower all women and girls to achieve true gender equality in our society.
Integrating gender equality with sustainable development requires profound understanding of both concepts, their interlinkages and opportunities available.
The 2018 JCI Global Partnership Summit is an opportunity to join the rest of the world in exploring how young people working with partners in government, business and civil society can actively advance gender equality in their home communities and globally in order to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.