In many parts of the world, women are not valued as equal members of society and their rights are often disregarded. Creating gender equality means creating the same opportunities for women as men to better their own lives and their families' lives. It is believed that none of the other development goals can be reached without an extreme improvement to gender equality.
Equal ratio of girls to boys in primary, secondary, and higher education
Higher share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
Increase number of seats held by women in national parliament
Statistics and Success As shown in the chart on the right, the number of women who hold seats in national parliament is gradually increasing. From 1995 to the end of January 2012, the number of women in parliamentary positions increased by 75% (source).
An equal ratio of girls to boys are enrolled in primary education worldwide (source).
Girls from the poorest households face the highest barriers to education (source).
Proportion of seats held by women in single or lower houses of national parliaments, 2000 and 2012 (Percentage) source
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“Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.” ―Kofi Annan
One Woman: A Song for UN Women
This song was written for the International Women's Day that is meant to inspire listeners to join in the efforts to achieve gender equality.All proceeds from the purchase of the song "One Woman" go towards UN Women and will support the work they are doing to help empower women all over the world. Please visit UN Women to learn more about the song and how to get involved and help UN Women.