Wednesday, September 30, 2015

18 Days of Global Goals (Day 6)


5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

This goal aims to end discrimination and violence toward women and girls. It also calls for the elimination of child marriage and female genital mutilation.* As well as, trying to eliminate human trafficking other types of exploitation, while supporting reforms that give women equal rights to economic resources.**

But gender equality issues expand beyond female exploitation. There are people who are born inter-sexed and ambiguous, both physically and genetically. There men who struggle with the belief that they are truly female and woman who struggle with the belief that they are truly male. Then there are men and woman who reject gender completely and live in a world of neutrality.

This creates a social climate of misunderstanding, profiling, and bullying, where support and acceptance is needed.

Asking yourself what you can do to help the UN reach their goal?

On a National level: Support friends and family who feel the pressure of discrimination and violence. Practice acceptance and understanding in general. Volunteer or donate to a battered woman and children shelter. 

On a International level: Volunteer or donate to a group who is trying to prevent and respond to gender based violence like, https://www.usaid.gov/gbv

*NPR

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