Gender Equality and Empowerment for All Women and Girls

Gender Equality and Empowerment for All Women and Girls

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Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

Gender equality, is the recognition that both men and women should receive equal treatment and not be discriminated against based on their gender. While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality  and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.
It is important that all programmes and projects undertaken in Afghanistan highlight the importance of, and strongly advocate for, gender equality. In support of this, in October 2015 the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets were announced, which seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals. One of the 17 Goals is Gender Equality.
5. Gender Equality
5.1  End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere

5.2  Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

5.3  Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

5.4  Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate

5.5  Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life

5.6  Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences

5.a  Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws

5.b  Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

5.c  Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels

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