What Will The U.N. Do About Gender Inequality?

By Leslie Dawe

The United Nations, or the UN, has 17 major goals including no poverty, zero hunger, quality education, clean water and sanitation, reduced inequalities, life on land and below water, and gender equality. To achieve gender equality, we first must understand what gender inequality is.

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Gender inequality persists worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities. The UN wants to empower women and girls. In order for the international organization to counter gender-based discrimination that results from patriarchal attitudes and today's society, they will have to work hard to do so.

According to the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, “Child marriage is declining, but not fast enough. Around 2000, nearly 1 in 3 women between 20 and 24 years of age reported that they were married before 18 years of age. Around 2015, the ratio was just over 1 in 4.” We feel that our society and world is fine the way it is, but the underlying factors that people do not see are developed by statistics.

Also, according to the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, “Women are still underrepresented in managerial positions. In the majority of the 67 countries with data from 2009 to 2015, fewer than a third of senior and middle-management positions were held by women” which is an unfortunately low number. I am not insinuating that it is a bad thing that men have a lot of those jobs, but I am saying that more women need those jobs. Both genders are equals. In a lot of situations, there are people who believe women are followers and not leaders, and on the other side, that men are the scum of the earth. Both are NOT TRUE.

Another set of statistics given by the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform is, “On the basis of data from 2005 to 2016 for 87 countries, 19% of women between 15 and 49 years of age said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey.” That is just not fair to women. Women are not sexual objects, and "no" really does mean no!

A flaw in the article where I got these statistics is that they do not mention the statistics of men - which should be included in the UN’s statement. Both men and women should be presented as equals, especially by the UN.

People think that just because small factors such as young marriage does not affect them that they should not care. The scary thing is, if we do not stop it now and fix the inequality, it could be our children paying for it. The UN has the right idea, we do need equality. Although we are already equal in many situations, there are still areas that the human population must work on.