Sustainable Development Goals Survey Regarding Gender Equality

Member

Idy Wong


Duration

From March 1, 2018 to July 13, 2019

Target

all people


Target population

1000


Target avg age

35


People impacted

1000


Sustainable Development Goal

Gender Equality


Development stage

Education and Economic Empowerment


Purpose

- We would like to know more about the situation of gender equality in different cities.
- In response to the theme of 2018 Global Partnership Summit Global Goal #5: Gender Equality, we would like to examine the sense of gender equality through conducting survey in different cities (mainly in US (New York), Japan (Kagoshima) and Hong Kong).
-The effectiveness in carrying out the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in different cities.


Overview

A major challenge today is gender equality
- A highly relevant and timely global issue;
- Touches each of the 17 Global Goals;
- Gender issues are already in the global spotlight

In response to the theme of 2018 Global Partnership Summit Global Goal #5: Gender Equality
- Showcasing how this topic touches every one of the 17 Global Goals,
- Examining the role of business, civil society and government in advancing gender equality.

Therefore, JCI Lantau would like to take an initiative to conduct a survey regarding the issue of gender equality in the workplace and education. This survey would mainly take place in US (New York), Japan (Kagoshima) and Hong Kong.


Results

- Less than 50% of participants can recognized there was a regular review of CEDAW in their city/country. It might because there was no review on CEDAW; or there was insufficient on policy promotion or public advisory.
- When government review the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), it should get involve with more stakeholders such as female associations, employers and NGOs.
- Men and women had different expectation on equality in work place.
- Education, financial support, policies & funding from government are wanted most to support women for their career advancement.
- In general, over 65% participants responded that schools in their cities/countries would come across gender equality and the gender equality education would start in primary school (over 40%).
- It seemed more resources would be put in for gender equality education in Asia-Pacific Countries, it might be because of male dominance still be a Chinese cultural value in Asia Pacific Countries since about 70% participants were living in Asia Pacific Countries. So, we had to put more effort to change the traditional mindset / thought.
- Education was very important in promoting gender equality. Participants agreed that children could learn more regarding gender equality in both primary and secondary school.
- In general, participants though that it would be good to have gender equality education in an early stage of education (primary school) since majority of participants had children whose below age 12.


Recommendations

- Survey forms were distributed to those people who live in different cities/countries in 2 regions (3 places – US (New York), Japan (Kagoshima) and HK). It might not as focus as we concentrated in one particular city/country.
- It just gave us a general brief idea in regarding to sense of gender equality mainly from those who age range mainly between 26 and 40 (80%), single, well-educated and working individuals.
- Government policies, cultural norms, child care facilities, working and education environment are areas that need to further study.

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